Will Smith Tells How He Hit Rock Bottom & Was Dead Broke During “Fresh Prince” TV Show Era
For many of us Old Schoolers, Will Smith was responsible for some of the best 80s/90s moments. Will had us sing along to the words of “Brand New Funk” as a member of the 1980s rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince,
and he expressed the viewpoint of many children in “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” We eagerly awaited each new episode of the sitcom “Fresh Prince,” in which his TV character “Will,” moved in with his “Aunt Vivian” and “Uncle Phil,”because we loved the show. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of the top viewed sitcoms of its time, and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince had the first rap song to ever win a Grammy. Sadly, Will, had to learn the tough way that not everything that glitters is as it seems,
and it happened to be at the height of his professional success that he struck rock bottom and became bankrupt. When Jazzy Jeff and Will’s music career dominated the Billboard charts in 1988, Will was only 20 years old. They were also earning CRAZY amounts of money.Will was a young man, yet he was given big man duties for which he was unprepared. Even though he seemed to be living the high life at the time, things soon started to go south. Will Smith made about $10 million from his musical career between 1988 and 1990.
Will spent his money like it was going out of style, thinking the good days would stay forever. He bought a house, a car, clothes, jewelry, and many other things. He not only indulged himself but also his friends and family. Sadly, that was just after he received his Grammy.By 1990, Will’s world was disintegrating all around him. His music career was in shambles, and the IRS was coming after him with a vengeance for the $2.8 million he owed. Hip hop’s message had changed, and in “Fight The Power,”
pro-Black acts like Public Enemy urged listeners to resist racial and soc’ioeconomic o’ppression. Then came a c’rucial phone call from executive producer/music producer of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Quincy Jones, who s’hocked Will with a job offer for the main character. Of course,“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” became a hugely popular programme. Even Will Smith is currently a mega-superstar actor with a net worth of $250 million, I’m very sure there was nothing more demoralizing than to be at the top of the world and lose it all in the past. Adversity that Will succeeded to avoid repeating by learning from it.