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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon gave fans a special treat on Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” reminding viewers of just how much an icon the rapper and actor has been since his career took off in the 1980s.

And what better way to showcase Smith’s career? With a rap, of course. 

Fallon and Smith, whose movie, “Bad Boys for Life,” hits the big screen Friday, rapped about Smith’s personal and professional history, recounting Smith’s most notable moments in the nearly three-minute song. 

In matching track suits, the two start the song off in 1985 highlighting the show that brought Smith so much recognition in the first place, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” 

“From the City of Brotherly Love,” Smith shouts as Fallon chimes in: “That’s Philly.”

“Comes the brother that you love by the name,” Smith continues before Fallon shouts out, “‘Big Willie!’

They even do the classic “Carlton Dance,” which actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will’s cousin Carlton in the show, made famous.

The song references Smith’s roles in films including “Independence Day,” “Men in Black,” “Hitch,” “Anchorman 2,” and drops a nod to his music career and big hits like “Miami” and “Switch.”

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Will Smith’s life story wouldn’t be complete without a mention of his famous family, wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their three children, including Jaden and Willow who are artists themselves. 

“Started out a Prince, then became the Fresh Papi Cuz Trey is the Ace, Jaden’s a force Willow came and told ya ‘Whip Your Hair Back and Forth,'” Smith raps.

The two end the song with Fallon calling Smith a “good man,” and Smith replies “And Bad Boy for life,” referencing Smith’s new movie. 

And who wouldn’t be glad to hear that Smith intends to keep up such good work as a “Bad Boy” for life? Hats off to this autobiography, we’ll like and subscribe. 

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