Will Smith Freestyles at Gabrielle Union's birthday; Fresh Prince theme song, Summertime included in rap medley. (VIDEO)
Will Smith Can Still Rap, Apparently
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Oct. 29 2012 9:53 AM

Will Smith Can Still Rap, Apparently

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Will Smith and Doug E. Fresh

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Will Smith hasn't been the Fresh Prince for nearly 20 years now, and he hasn't put out an album since 2005. But when Doug E. Fresh is there to provide some beatboxing, he can still break out a decent freestyle, apparently.

At Gabrielle Union's 40th birthday party over the weekend, Smith grabbed the mic, and after freestyling, gave the crowd what it really wanted: "Summertime" (at about 2:30 in) and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song (about 3:45). Enjoy.

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