Why Will Smith (Almost) Never Swears In His Music

Bruno Vincent, Getty Images
Bruno Vincent, Getty Images

Before he became a major movie star, Will Smith built up his acting resume through his television work—most notably as the star of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. But his initial rise to fame came via his music career, where he made up one half of the Philadelphia-born hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.

The pair found enormous success in the late 1980s, and embarked on their first major tour alongside legendary rap artists like Run-DMC and Public Enemy. There was just one difference between Smith and his tour-mates: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's songs (with titles like "Parents Just Don't Understand") were targeted at teens and decidedly PG-rated.

But why?

The answer lies with Smith's grandmother. In an interview on The Graham Norton Show in early 2015, Smith explained that "I started writing my raps when I was about 12. So I had my book—and, you know, I wanted to be a rapper! And I had all my curse words and my four-letter words and everything in there."

Then his grandmother found the book.

"She never said anything," Smith explained. "She just turned to the back page and she wrote 'Dear Willard... Truly intelligent people do not have to use words like this to express themselves. Please show the world that you're as smart as we think you are.'"

"From that point I never put profanity in my rap music," Smith said. And he (almost) never has.

The Bus From Spice World is Now an Airbnb Rental

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This summer, Airbnb is giving 1990s kids the chance to fulfill their dream of living like a Spice Girl. As People reports, the Spice Bus, made famous by the 1997 movie Spice World, has been converted into an Airbnb rental—and it's open to guests for only a few nights in June.

After shuttling Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh, and Ginger Spice around London in Spice World, the Spice Bus fell into disrepair. The movie prop was neglected for years until the Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight purchased it and renovated it to its former glory. It went on display on the island in July 2014.

Now, the bus is moving back to London as a quirky vacation rental. On June 14 and June 15, up to three guests per night will sleep over in the bus at its temporary location at Market Square in Wembley Park. There they'll be made to feel like pop princesses (or princes). The interior has been decked out with Union Jack upholstery to match the outside paint job and zebra-print carpeting that would make Mel B proud. There are also disco balls, a neon sign that says "Girl Power," and nostalgic goodies like scrunchies and CDs.

Rates start at $129 per night, but the two announced dates have already been filled. Spice Girls fans looking to relive their childhood shouldn't give up hope: More rental dates may open starting May 22. After the bus's stint in London, it will return to its home on the Isle of Wight at the end of June.

[h/t People]

10 Amazing Variations on the Game of Thrones Theme Song

Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones
Jerome Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones has an iconic credits sequence, featuring a memorable theme song composed by Emmy Award-winning artist Ramin Djawadi. It's weirdly catchy—so much so that other artists have found increasingly unique ways to cover it over the years.

1. NESKeytar

Greig Stewart combined a Guitar Hero controller with an old school Nintendo to create the NESKeytar he used in this cover. Bonus: The NES still works as a separate gaming system!

2. Floppy Drives

Eight floppy drives playing in sync. The geekery is extreme.

3. Violin

A beautiful electric/acoustic violin version by Jason Yang.

4. Hard Rock

Roger Lima overdubs some metal riffage, drums, electric bass, and several layers of electric guitar.

5. Metal

Charlie Parra del Riego shreds.

6. Classical Guitar

Five guitar tracks!

7. Solo Piano

Bonus geek cred if you know the answer to his opening question.

8. 8-bit

YouTube commenter skinke says it best: "No? 'Game of Tones'? That's a missed opportunity if I've ever seen one."

9. Piano and Violin

Lara, coverer of video game music, takes a shot at this one, purely by ear. Wow.

10. Guitar, Cello, Drums, Shaker, and Flute

Talent show players for the win!

This post has been updated for 2019.

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