Big Willie Style
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Studio album by Will Smith


November 25, 1997


June 1996 - March 1997


The Hit Factory
(New York City, NY)
Right Track Studio
(New York City, NY)
A Touch of Jazz
(Philadelphia, PA)
The Hacienda
(Los Angeles, CA)
Pacifique Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, CA)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop






Trackmasters (exec.), L.E.S., Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Keith Pelzer, Ryan Toby, Andreao Heard, Valvin Roane, Sauce

Big Willie Style is the debut solo studio album by American Hip hop rapper Will Smith. It was released in November 25, 1997 under Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place at The Hit Factory and Right Track Studio in New York City, A Touch of Jazz in Philadelphia and at The Hacienda and Pacifique Recording Studios from June 1996 to March 1997. The album was primarily produced by Trackmasters (Poke & Tone), with other contributors including L.E.S., Keith Pelzer, Ryan Toby, Andreao Heard, Valvin Roane, Sauce and Smith's former collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff. The album was the first to be released by Smith since 1993's Code Red, the last by the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Five singles were released from Big Willie Style, including Smith's first US Billboard Hot 100 number one, "Gettin' Jiggy wit It".

After releasing five albums with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith turned his focus to acting and appeared in such films as Bad Boys and Independence Day before returning to studio in 1996. The following year he starred in Men In Black, for which he recorded the song of the same name and topped the singles charts in several countries. Big Willie Style was released later in the year, reaching the top ten of the US Billboard 200, the UK Albums Chart and several other international charts.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Intro" - 1:51
  2. "Y'all Know" - 3:57
  3. "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" - 3:47
  4. "Candy" (feat. Larry Blackmon and Cameo) - 3:56
  5. "Chasing Forever" - 4:15
  6. "Keith B-Real I" (interlude) - 1:07
  7. "Don't Say Nothin'" - 4:22
  8. "Miami" - 3:17
  9. "Yes Yes Y'all" (feat. Camp Lo) - 4:23
  10. "I Loved You" - 4:12
  11. "Keith B-Real II" (interlude) - 0:30
  12. "It's All Good" - 4:04
  13. "Just the Two of Us" - 5:15
  14. "Keith B-Real III" (interlude) - 1:54
  15. "Big Willie Style" (feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) - 3:35
  16. "Men In Black" - 3:47
  17. "Just Cruisin'" * - 4:00

Samples[edit | edit source]

Y'all Know

  • "ConFunkShunIzeYa" by Con Funk Shun

Gettin' Jiggy wit It

  • "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge
  • "Sang and Dance" by Bar-Kays


  • "Candy" by Cameo

Chasing Forever

  • "Ribbon In the Sky" by Stevie Wonder

Don't Say Nothin'


  • "And the Beat Goes On" by The Whispers

Yes Yes Y'all

  • "Here We Go Again" by The Isley Brothers
  • "Yearning for Your Love" by The Gap Band
  • "Love Rap" by Spoonie Gee

I Loved You

  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell

It's All Good

  • "Good Times" by Chic
  • "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang

Just the Two of Us

  • "Just the Two of Us" by Grover Washington, Jr.

Big Willie Style

  • "Somethin' Special" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Men In Black

  • "Forgets Me Not" by Patrice Rushen

Just Cruisin'

  • "Don't Take It Personal" by Jermaine Jackson
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