Wild Wild West (Will Smith song)

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"Wild Wild West"
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Single by Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee
from the album Wild Wild West (soundtrack) and Willennium
B-side"Chasing Forever"
ReleasedMay 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
Genre
Length4:07 (album version)
3:28 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Will Smith singles chronology
"Miami"
(1998)
"Wild Wild West"
(1999)
"Will 2K"
(1999)
Kool Moe Dee singles chronology
"Rise N Shine"
(1991)
"Wild Wild West"
(1999)
"Downtown"
(2015)

"Wild Wild West" is a single by American actor and rapper Will Smith, released as the fourteenth cut from his second solo album Willennium (1999). It is best known for being the theme song of the 1999 film of the same name Smith also starred in.

The song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and its extended music video, directed by Paul Hunter, was a hit on MTV. Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" single samples Stevie Wonder's 1976 hit song "I Wish", with parts of the chorus from Kool Moe Dee's song of the same name as well. Kool Moe Dee re-performs that chorus for the song, with additional guest vocals from the group Dru Hill. The album version of the song is introduced by a brief spoken word interlude where Smith asks his then-baby son Jaden what song he should play next, interpreting Jaden's repeated non-verbal response as "Wild Wild West". The song was the recipient of the 1999 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. This song later appeared in the video game Just Dance 4 and was also sampled by Neil Cicierega in his song "Wow Wow" from his album Mouth Moods.

Music video[edit]

The 7-minute high-profile music video for the single was directed by Paul Hunter and included several dialog sequences featuring Smith, Kool Moe Dee, Dru Hill and guest appearances from Stevie Wonder as well as interspersed clips from the film featuring Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek and Kenneth Branagh as their Wild Wild West characters respectively. Hayek also appears as her character Rita Escobar in the video's dialog sequences as does an actor resembling Branagh and his character of Dr. Loveless. Fellow popstar Enrique Iglesias also appeared in the video playing a Prince. Moreoever, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star and tap dancer Alfonso Ribeiro appeared in the music video as one of the dancers. Other cameos include actor Larenz Tate, Shari Headley, singer/writer/producer Babyface and female rapper MC Lyte. The "Wild Wild West" video notably was a star-making vehicle for Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó, while relegating the other three members of the quartet to the background. Dru Hill member James "Woody" Green quit the group on the set of the video, feeling a need to return to his gospel music roots.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Wild Wild West" – 4:05
  2. "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (album version) – 3:48
  3. "Big Willie Style" (Left Eye Remix) – 3:35
UK CD2
  1. "Wild Wild West" – 4:05
  2. "Miami" (Jason Nevins' Live on South Beach Dub) – 5:11
  3. "Chasing Forever" – 4:16
Thailand maxi single
  1. "Wild Wild West" – 4:05
  2. "Wild Wild West" (radio version) – 3:29
  3. "Wild Wild West" (a cappella) – 4:05
  4. "Miami" (Miami Mix) – 4:40
  5. "Just the Two of Us" (Rodney Jerkins Remix featuring Brian McKnight) – 4:14
US maxi single
  1. "Wild Wild West" (album version) – 4:08
  2. "Wild Wild West" (radio version) – 3:28
  3. "Wild Wild West" (instrumental) – 4:09
  4. "Wild Wild West" (a cappella) – 4:05

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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