Will 2K

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"Will 2K"
Single by Will Smith featuring K-Ci
from the album Willenium
Released September 9, 1999[1]
Format CD single, maxi single, 12"
Recorded 1999
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:53
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Poke and Tone
Will Smith featuring K-Ci singles chronology
"Wild Wild West"
(1999)
"Will 2K"
(1999)
"Freakin' It"
(2000)

"Will 2K" is the second single taken from American rapper Will Smith's second studio album, Willenium. The single was released on September 9, 1999. The song was written by Smith with a selection of other songwriters, and was produced by Robinson, and samples instruments and lyrics from the chorus of The Clash's "Rock the Casbah," as well as bits from "Superrappin'" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.[2] The single peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and is regarded as a favourite amongst fans.[3] The song pays homage to the new millennium, despite being released nearly two months prior to these celebrations. The song features vocals from Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey of Jodeci/K-Ci & JoJo.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Will 2K" premiered in September 1999, at a total length of five minutes and two seconds. The video was added to Smith's official VEVO account on March 26, 2011. To date, it has received the least amount of views of any of Smith's videos. The video features Smith performing the song in a variety of settings, appearing in a series of musical eras and wearing costumes that reflect each epoch. DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eve, K-Ci, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin, among others, make cameos in the video.[4] The music video was parodied in an episode of Family Guy, in which the Griffins are victims of a Y2K explosion.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Will 2K" – 3:56
  2. "Just Cruisin'" (Trackmasters Remix) – 3:59
  3. "Miami" (Summer Mix) – 3:18
  1. "Will 2K" – 3:56
  2. "So Fresh" (featuring Biz Markie and Slick Rick) – 4:27
  3. "Just the Two of Us" (Rodney Jerkins Remix) (featuring Brian McKnight) – 4:14
  • UK Cassette
  1. "Will 2K" – 3:56
  2. "So Fresh" (featuring Biz Markie and Slick Rick) – 4:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 27
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 13
Canada (RPM)[10] 5
Canada Dance (RPM)[11] 14
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 10
France (SNEP)[13] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 12
Italy (FIMI)[16] 23
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 4
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 23
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 66
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles 35
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will 2K [CD 1]: Will Smith, K-Ci: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Will Smith feat. K-Ci's Will 2K sample of The Clash's Rock the Casbah". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Will Smith - Will 2K". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Will Smith Featuring K-Ci - Will 2K". YouTube. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Images for Will Smith - Will 2K". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Will Smith - Will 2K (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Will Smith – Will 2K" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Will Smith – Will 2K" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  11. ^ Canadian dance peak
  12. ^ "Will Smith: Will 2K" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Musicline.de – Pet Shop Boys Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: S". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Will Smith search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Will Smith – Will 2K". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K" Canciones Top 50.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Will Smith – Will 2K". Swiss Singles Chart.