Just the Two of Us (Will Smith song)

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"'Just the Two of Us'"
Single by Will Smith
from the album Big Willie Style
Released July 20, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 5:15 (album version)
4:19 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Will Smith, Grover Washington, Jr., Bill Withers, W. Salter, R. MacDonald
Will Smith singles chronology
"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
"Just the Two of Us"

"Just the Two of Us" is the fourth single from Will Smith's debut solo album, Big Willie Style (1997). The rap song was inspired by Bill Withers' and Grover Washington, Jr.'s love song of the same title; Smith's version samples and incorporates lyrics from the original. Instead of love between a couple, "Just the Two of Us" focuses on the relationship between a father and son.

The song reached #20 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as #6 on the Hot 100 Airplay. It was also a Top 5 hit in the UK, where it reached #2. "Just the Two of Us" was one of Will Smith's biggest solo hits. Smith originally wrote a children's book with the same title and lyrics. For his album, he performed it in rap form. Instrumentation was provided by "Sauce" from the R&B group "Somethin' for the People". The song was parodied by Dr. Evil in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Just the Two of Us" (radio edit)
  2. "Just the Two of Us" (Rodney Jerkins Remix) featuring Brian Mcknight
  3. "Just the Two of Us" (Spanish version) featuring DLG
  4. "Just the Two of Us" (Korean version) featuring Turbo
  5. "Just the Two of Us" (instrumental)

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Bob Giraldi, begins with Smith playing with his son, Trey. Before the song starts, Trey says, "Now, dad, this is a very sensitive subject." The remainder of the video features clips of fathers with their children, including Smith playing with his son, and other celebrity fathers, including Babyface, Nas, James Lassiter, Damon Wayans, Magic Johnson, and Muhammad Ali (whom Smith later played in a biopic). The video also features Smith's wife Jada pregnant with the couple's first child Jaden, and also features Smith's father, younger brother, and two sisters.