DJ Jazzy Jeff has known Will Smith for longer than just about anyone in Hollywood. He was there when Smith made his incredible rise to fame. Jeff has been through it all with Will, and there may not be another person more qualified to speak about his character.

Will Smith most recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars back in March. Many believed the entire thing was a stunt.

That was not the case at all, according to DJ Jazzy Jeff. In a recent interview on the FAQ Podcast, he spoke about the incident. Jeff says that Will Smith is fearless. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was Mike Tyson on the stage that night.

“When it happened and I saw him walk up there, the one thing I would say – ’cause I’ve had people say, ‘Oh he wouldn’t have done that to no gangsta,’” he said. “Let me tell you something about Will. Will is somebody that cliff dove in Jamaica and couldn’t swim. Will was the person that whatever he’s afraid of, he runs to. I ain’t got that in me. I don’t have that in me at all. I’ve watched Will almost die numerous times running straight.

Will would’ve slapped Mike Tyson. It did not matter who was there. Will would’ve got his ass beat, but he was going to do what he was going to do regardless of who it was. It wasn’t for fake. It wasn’t for show. I have to protect. If that was a grizzly bear, he would have did it. I know him”

DJ Jazzy Jeff says the slap heard around the world was not for show. Given his long history with Will Smith, he’s probably telling the truth. Nobody on Earth would know better.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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