Will Smith Used To Beg Michael Jordan For New Kicks During "Fresh Prince" Run

Will Smith's "Fresh Prince" character always had on some heat.

BYAlexander Cole
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Will Smith has had a legendary career in the entertainment industry. Of course, he has gone through a considerable amount of controversy this year. However, he is now looking to turn the corner and get his career completely back on track. It will be a long road, although he seems to be prepared for it.

When you look back on Smith's career, you have to mention the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which was a staple of the early 90s. It was an immensely popular show, and his character was iconic. In fact, his character was known for wearing some incredible Air Jordan sneakers, including the Air Jordan 5 "Grape" colorway.

Actor Will Smith attends the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Concussion" during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Will Smith Begs MJ For Kicks

Recently, Smith was a guest on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson's podcast, All The Smoke. During this appearance, Smith got to speak about his love of sneakers and how it all played into the show. In fact, Smith explained that he begged Michael Jordan for new sneakers so that his character could be the first to wear them.

“I was living the culture. I was literally calling Jordan like ‘Mike, please, please don’t give them to nobody. Let me be the first person, I gotta be the first person to wear it’. And he was like ‘Man, I don’t run that’.,” Smith recalled. Jordan's response isn't exactly surprising when you consider how he was known for taking hard stances.

Subsequently, Jordan would go on to realize Smith's important. For instance, we've got a couple of Air Jordan 5 "Bel-Air" colorways that speak to Smith's character. Overall, Smith's contributions to sneaker culture are undeniable.

Stay tuned to HNHH as we continue to bring you news and updates from around the sneaker world.


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About The Author
Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.