The Fresh Prince Just Left Hip-Hop to Join Country-Blues Music

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song just got a makeover. The show’s classic intro and hip-hop tune of Will Smith rapping recently jumped genres.

This show first hit airwaves in 1990, and from the very beginning, it had between 13-14 million views. It was an instant hit.

It won several awards, including an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award. Will Smith won the award along with the co-songwriters, Quincy Jones and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Smith’s childhood friend).

This show launched Will Smith’s acting career.  Now he’s an Oscar-nominated actor and a 56-time award winner from multiple different organizations. In addition, he’s a four-time Grammy winner.

Everybody from the 80s and 90s (and any other decade, really) knows this theme song. If you’ve never heard this song, you probably live under a rock. Or in a hole. Or at the bottom of the sea.

You know what, just to be sure, here’s the Fresh Prince theme song.

Okay, now that we’re definitely all on the same page, let’s take a look at this sweet new version of the theme song — a country-blues version.

Ten years after the show aired, a man who calls himself samuraiguitarist made a new video; he has more than 32,000 YouTube subscribers and it is easily his most-viewed video (his other covers include Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and the Tetris theme song). He teamed up with Jeff Gagne to perform this creative cover. Gagne is jamming on the tambourine while singing, and samuraiguitarist is (of course) playing the guitar and showing his skills on the harmonica.

Whether or not you grew up with the Fresh Prince in your life, this is still a fun song to listen to. You don’t need to feel nostalgia toward this song to get in the groove.

Check it out below!

This may be one of the only straight-up country covers of this song, but these guys aren’t the only people in the country music world to have sung this song.

It’s a catchy tune, so it’s no surprise that some big names have played around with this song. Here are a couple examples…

Neil Young (aka Jimmy Fallon)

Jimmy Fallon is known for his musical impressions of big music stars, especially his Young impersonation. Here, he’s covering Neil Young covering the Fresh Prince who’s played by Will Smith (does your brain hurt?).

Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, and more!

This one is not really a country version, but it involves cameos of different country artists rapping the song (or trying anyway!). 

Hunter Hayes starts it out with some not-so-bad beatboxing. Then the video cuts to shots of different country stars spittin’ bars, including Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and several other artists in different genres.

All this to say, the Fresh Prince theme song is so well-known that it crosses genre borders and is relate-able to so many people. 

Have you seen any other country covers of this song? Let us know in the comments…