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Will Smith to Host ‘Class of ’88’ Limited Series Podcast – The Hollywood Reporter

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Will Smith is ready to host Wondery and Audible’s new restricted sequence podcast, Class of ’88.

The podcast collaboration takes a glance again on the 12 months that helped launch the worldwide cultural phenomenon of hip-hop. Throughout every episode, Smith will sit down with a number of the period’s most influential artists, together with Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Rakim, Fab 5 Freddy, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chuck D, J.J. Fad and DJ Pink Alert, to rejoice the landmark 12 months for music.

Although hip-hop had its place in music earlier than 1988, that 12 months was a defining 12 months for the style. From music, trend and movie, that 12 months gave rise to artists and creatives that left their mark on the music business and are nonetheless remembered as we speak. It additionally noticed not less than a dozen albums launched that turned influential classics.

Smith, who has a private perspective on the business from being a member of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Contemporary Prince in addition to starring within the ’90s hit present The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air, shares with listeners the milestone moments, albums and artists that impressed the style. Episodes may even characteristic archival materials, untold tales and private recollections from Smith himself.

“Hip-hop has been a central part of my life for over four decades,” Smith stated. “I’m hyped to share my first-hand experiences and those of some of hip-hop’s greatest legends as we delve into the origins of one of the most influential genres of music in history.”

Class of ‘88 is produced by Wondery, Audible, Westbrook and Awfully Good.

All eight episodes of the restricted sequence podcast are set to be launched Oct. 26, solely on Amazon Music and Audible.

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