Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 2)

Will Smith f/ Coko of SWV "Men in Black" (1997)

Album: Men In Black: The Album, Big Willie Style
Label: Sony

Tone: “Will had hooked up with Steve Stoute and Tommy Mottola. We were making pop hits at the time and they basically wanted us to work with him. We didn’t want it. We looked at it like, ‘What is Will Smith?’ His last hit was ‘Summertime,’ When they asked us to do it we got on the phone with Will and had a conversation.”

Poke:“When Will walked in the door he had some tight, white fucking pants and a choker on. He was coming from some event and he was like, ‘Yo, listen I'm corny and I know I'm [dressed very] tight right now. I know I'm corny, but whatever you need me to do to make me cool, I'm in.’”

 

When Will Smith walked in the door he had some tight, white pants and a choker on. He was like, ‘Yo, listen I'm corny and I know I'm [dressed very] tight right now. I know I'm corny, but whatever you need me to do to make me cool, I'm in.’ - Poke

 

Tone: “We spoke about the record, and it being for a soundtrack, they paid a lot of money. So we did the record. I didn’t understand it until I saw the movie. I didn’t understand a lot of what was going on like, ‘What is this guy talking about?’ Even after he told us what the video was gonna be like. When you look at the music video, it’s the movie. You have the aliens dancing in the video. Back then, no one used that kind of technology in a music video.”

Poke: “Homegirl from SWV didn’t even want to be in the video. She was like, ‘Will Smith? Fuck outta here.’ She sang the record but she was like I'm not doing this video. That was the worst mistake of her life.”

Tone: “We understood what the record was supposed to be, but we didn’t know that it would be as big as it was going to be. We did the record but I think the best thing to come out of it was the friendship with Will. We really hit it off.”

Tone: “We got along so well that right after that song, we started talking about doing Big Willie Style.”

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