Class of '88 with Will Smith
In the US, hip hop reigns as the genre that influences every aspect of our culture. From fashion to film, the dominance of this prolific sound can be traced back to one year - 1988. From Public Enemy to The Fresh Prince, these twelve months gave rise to the superstars and styles that still resonate in songs released today. Through the unique perspective and personal experiences of Will Smith, Class of ’88 reveals the milestone moments, albums and artists that inspired a sonic evolution and secured 1988 as hip hop’s most important year. Rich with archival material, new interviews with hip hop’s bigg...
Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian • Oct 28, 2023
"Will Smith’s excellent new series on hip-hop...the friendships, the experiences, the understanding – are the basis of this eight-part series, which he hosts with a lot of laughter and warmth. The interviewees are stellar... These are well-known stories, but the details from those who were there bring us right inside. More importantly, it’s actually a tremendous documentary series."
Gregg Stockdale • The Podcast Geek • Oct 26, 2023
"It’s a very easy show to listen to. Will and Jeff are totally relaxed and obviously having a great time. From Chuck D telling the story of the Public Enemy gig at Rikers Island prison, to Will Smith’s failed attempt to woo Sandra “Pepa” Denton...The stories are as interesting as they are varied."
Alexi Duggins • The Guardian • Oct 19, 2023
"It’s part anecdote-packed autobiography of Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, part rap history ...At times it’s like listening to Smith reminiscing with his star-studded crew – but no worse for that."