Then strap in and get ready for the ride of your life: “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” is finally here, and the premiere episode is now available on Apple Music starring … Will Smith!
Apple Music released a wonderful clip from Smith’s appearance in the passenger seat alongside James Corden, whose uber-popular “Late Late Show” sketch birthed the series. And let’s just say, the two are magic!
In the clip, Smith and Corden start off with one of the musician’s biggest solo hits, 1998’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” followed by 1997’s “Boom! Shake the Room,” a tune Smith recorded with his then musical partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.
But it’s not just about watching the guys belt it out from behind their seat belts: this series goes all out, like when the University of Southern California’s marching band Spirit of Troy shows up to assist in “Jiggy” (no, they don’t all get in the car).
And there’s more than music; Corden’s breezy interview style fits nicely with the driving element, and the pair also talk about how having a hit on the charts at age 16 (“Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble”) did wonders for his popularity in high school.
Smith’s continued being big man on campus in a lot of ways; he also revealed that former president Barack Obama gave the thumbs-up to Smith portraying him on the big screen, should the opportunity arise. “He told me felt confident that I had ‘the ears’ to play the role,” says Smith.