"Wild Wild West" is the title of a hip hop song co-written by Will Smith as the theme song for Smith's film of the same name. The song also appears on Smith's 1999 album, Willennium. Will Smith's 1999 release was recorded specifically for Smith's planned summer blockbuster movie, Wild Wild West.
Despite its pop success, the song was criticized[by whom?] for both sampling Wonder's song and for its incongruity with the western for which it serves as the theme. It won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst "Original" Song of 1999. (Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio later ranked the song at #27 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever while telling Will Smith in spirit, "Look, make your dumb 'robots in the Wild West' film, get millions, God bless. Just leave Stevie Wonder alone!") An "unreleased" remix of this song, said[by whom?] to be remixed by Jason Nevins, is available through file-sharing programs. In the South Park episode "Cat Orgy", Eric Cartman sings a parody of "Wild Wild West".
The high-profile music video for the single directed by Paul Hunter, running seven minutes and including several dialog sequences, featured Smith, Kool Moe Dee, Dru Hill, and guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, as well as interspersed clips from the film featuring, as their Wild Wild West characters, Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek and Kenneth Branagh. Hayek also appears as her character 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.