Did Ed Sheeran get his rap stylings from being a closet fan of NBC’s ‘90s hit sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” Maybe. A Sheeran fan called in during his recent live radio spot on Capital FM and asked if he could “marry” two of her loves, him and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” by performing the theme song for her. Surprisingly, the “Photograph” singer quickly (and easily) obliged.
It turns out Sheeran knows of every word of the “Fresh Prince” theme, made famous back then by series star Will Smith. Sheeran’s rendition is totally fun. He doesn’t hesitate or break flow even once. In short, he nails it!
Smith made waves in the ‘80s as the MC of Grammy-winning hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The “Fresh Prince” series followed and Smith has since went on to become a Hollywood A-list actor in films like “I Am Legend,” the “Men in Black” franchise and most recently, “Suicide Squad” and “Collateral Beauty.”
Who knew Sheeran, who was born a year after the series launched, would actually know the song and kill it right out of the gate? Now, at 25, he shares the title “Grammy winner” with the star of that show. Pretty surreal, huh?
Sheeran has shaken up the musical digi-verse with the Jan. 6 release of two new singles “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape of You” following a year-long social media hiatus. He broke Spotify streaming records by garnering 13 million combined streams within the first 24 hours of the songs’ release.
His Capital FM stop was one of about 50 radio show guest spots he’s done to promote his new singles and his highly-anticipated third studio album, ÷, which drops on March 3. We’re pretty sure he made the caller’s day by smashing her obscure and spontaneous request. He definitely made ours. You can watch his whole "Fresh Prince" performance in the attached video.
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