“Will” by Joyner Lucas
The title of this song is actually a reference to “Will” Smith, a very famous musician and actor. And throughout the song, Joyner makes references to Smith in varying capacities. First and foremost we can say he is admiring Smith’s success. At some points he likens his own wealth to that of Smith. But in reality we all know that Smith is in a much-higher economic class than your average wealthy rapper. And Lucas seems to acknowledge this also, as he basically presents Smith as his role model.
Indeed not only does he want to make money like Smith, but he also wants a wife like “Jada” Pinkett, who is Smith’s significant other. Moreover he wishes his own son “grow(s) up like Willow or Jaden” Smith, i.e. Will Smith’s children. And outside of that, the overall shtick of this track features Joyner bringing the usual rap-music topics of wealth, women and guns. But the metaphors that he uses reference a number of movies and to a lesser degree TV shows and songs that Smith has dropped throughout the years.
So this is a very Will Smith-centric track. And if nothing else the listener who actually picks up on the aforementioned references will walk away knowing that he is an artist who Joyner Lucas really looks up to.
Facts about “Will”
“Will” was written by Joyner Lucas. And the track was produced by another artist named Crank Lucas (whom Joyner does not appear to be blood-related to).
“Will” was released by the Twenty Nine Music Group on 25 March 2020. This makes it the ninth single released thus far from Joyner’s maiden album, “ADHD”.
The music video to this track served as an even greater tribute to Will Smith than the song. In it, Joyner Lucas portrays characters from 10 different Will Smith’s films, including the following:
- “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-1996)
- “Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)
- “Bad Boys” (1995)
- “Aladdin” (2019)
- “Men in Black” (1997)
- “Wild Wild West” (1999)
- “I Am Legend” (2007)
- “I, Robot” (2004)
The video even references an animated movie Smith starred in called “Shark Tale” (2004).
On 25 March 2020 Will Smith himself responded to this track via Instagram. And in addition to expressing his amazement over the product he also hashtagged the word “humbled”.
Keen fans have also noticed that as a further tribute to Smith, Joyner does not use any explicit language on “Will”. This is likely due to the fact that Smith is widely recognized as a rapper who never utilized curse words in his lyrics.