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Will Smith's Born To Reign: A Review
Will Smith is one of the most versatile and successful entertainers in the world. He has achieved fame and acclaim as a rapper, actor, producer, and philanthropist. In 2002, he released his third solo album, Born To Reign, which showcased his musical talents and personal growth.
Born To Reign is a 15-track album that features a mix of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and rock influences. The album includes collaborations with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Christina Vidal, Tra-Knox, and Jill Scott. Some of the songs are inspired by Smith's roles in movies such as Men In Black II, Ali, and Bad Boys II.
The album received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Some praised Smith's charisma, positivity, and creativity, while others criticized his lack of originality, depth, and edge. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 500,000 copies in the US. It spawned three singles: "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)", "1000 Kisses", and "Nod Ya Head (The Remix)".
Born To Reign is not Smith's best or most popular album, but it is still a fun and enjoyable listen for his fans and admirers. It showcases his versatility, charm, and humor as an artist and entertainer. It also reflects his confidence, optimism, and ambition as a person who was born to reign.
The album's title track, "Born To Reign", is a triumphant anthem that celebrates Smith's rise to fame and fortune. He raps: "I was born to reign / A young prince in the game / I live my life in the fast lane / Got on my knees and I made a change". The song also samples the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith's breakthrough sitcom that aired from 1990 to 1996.
Another highlight of the album is "1000 Kisses", a romantic duet with Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The song features a smooth R&B groove and a catchy chorus: "One thousand kisses from you is never too much / Never too much, never too much". The song also showcases Jada's singing skills, which she later displayed in her metal band Wicked Wisdom.
The album also includes some interludes featuring Smith's children, Jaden and Willow, who were four and one years old respectively at the time. They add some humor and cuteness to the album, as they imitate their father's rap style and express their love for him. Jaden would later follow his father's footsteps as an actor and rapper, while Willow would become a pop singer and fashion icon.
Born To Reign is a testament to Smith's talent, versatility, and family values. It may not be his most critically acclaimed or commercially successful album, but it is still a worthy addition to his impressive discography.
However, not everyone was impressed by Smith's musical efforts. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised his charisma and positivity, but criticized his lack of originality, depth, and edge. Some also felt that Smith was trying too hard to appeal to different audiences and genres, resulting in a disjointed and inconsistent album. For example, The Guardian gave the album two stars out of five, and wrote: "Oddly not. Occasionally Smith remembers he is supposed to be churning out commercial party tunes and obliges with the likes of Black Suits Comin', the theme from his current Men in Black II film. But mostly he's trying to be all things to all people: a rapper with a conscience (Born to Reign), a lover man (1,000 Kisses), a reggae toaster (How Da Beat Goes) and even a Ricky Martin clone (I Can't Stop). It doesn't work."
The album also failed to match Smith's previous commercial success. It debuted at number 13 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 60,000 copies in its first week. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 500,000 copies in the US, but it was a far cry from his previous albums, Big Willie Style and Willennium, which both reached multi-platinum status. The album also performed poorly in other markets, such as the UK, where it pea