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Why Are People Surprised That Will Smith Can Still Rap?

The Grammy-award-winning rapper revitalized a lackluster song with his verse.

When Will Smith jumped on the remix of Joyner Lucas's ADHD single "Will," people were pleasantly surprised that the former could still impress.

"Will Smith can still rap," wrote one Twitter user. "Respect your elders!" Another added: "This guy is almost 50." While the reception to Smith's verse has been overwhelmingly positive, it's odd that so many fans are surprised that a decorated hip-hop veteran, with four Grammys to his name, would be anything less than exemplary this late in his career. After all, this is the same man who in the last year has hopped on multiple Spanish reggaeton tracks alongside acts like Bad Bunny, Marc Anthony, and Nicky Jam, even rapping completely in Spanish at the 2018 Latin Grammy awards.

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With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.

Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.

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16 years ago, Bad Boys II impressed viewers with "everything loud, dumb, violent, sexist, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay could can think of puking on screen," in the words of The Rolling Stone.

Now Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as buddy cops Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith), but they promise it's for "one last time." We hope so. The full trailer for Bad Boys for Life opens with a flashy car, designer sunglasses, and Will Smith's biceps. Then there are recycled quips and dead, shot up bad guys and a lot of F-bombs, because these are cool cops who talk about toughing it out "in these streets" where "I've never trusted anybody but me" in suave voice-overs.

As far as the "plot" of Bad Boys for Life, truly who knows? Haphazard car chases, exploding staircases, and, oh hell yes, an exploding helicopter with a slow motion leap to safety?! Who cares what the plot is. Also, Vanessa Hudgens (yes, the High School Musical one), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Charles Melton (Riverdale) join the veteran detectives as a newly formed "elite team" of youngsters who help the duo "take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel" (again, apparently). What kind of generational differences could possibly ramp up the tension after 16 years of the boys presumably up to their same old tricks? Again, who cares⁠—did we mention an effin' helicopter explodes?

At least directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi replace the overpaid pyromaniac Michael Bay. Be sure to catch Bad Boys for Life in theaters on Jan. 17 for stellar one-liners like, "We're not just black; we're cops, too. We'll pull ourselves over later."

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE - Official Trailer