Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Will Smith Slaps Back to 2016 Kendrick Lamar With BET Performance of New Rap Song (Watch)

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Will Smith says “You Can Make It” even if you commit an act of violence on live TV and get booted by the Motion Picture Academy. He performed a new rap song on the BET Awards last night as part of his comeback campaign.

“You Can Make It” reminded me of Kendrick Lamar’s incendiary 2016 Grammy performance, which was much fresher and new at the time and even now. Everything about Will’s performance said “2016.” Maybe it a slap back to a more innocent time. (It also looked a little like used Kanye.)

With “Bad Boys Ride or Die” a hit, Will definitely feels like his punishment is over, and that he’s been vindicated. Whether or not that’s real, remains to be seen.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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