Teamwork makes the dream work, and in the EDM arena, there’s no better all-star captain than the venerable Diplo. The “Get Lit” Will Smith has slowly been making his way into a musical comeback, and now, he’s on the starting lineup with Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi for Diplo’s FIFA 2018 World Cup anthem, “Live It Up.”
In previous years, World Cup anthems have beared some resemblance to their host countries — see Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” as just one notable example — but Diplo’s Latin-flavored EDM jam, on the other hand, oozes the pop troupes and preferences he’s come to align his production work with. “Live It Up” doesn’t even vaguely align itself with Mother Russia. Instead, it dabbles in the high-energy, horn-heavy, layered tendency of popular music that’s taken the world by storm on tracks from artists like J Balvin.
Though Smith has just two verses on the track, “One life/ One dream/ One moment/ One team/ One you” and another where he almost sings, “You wanted it/ You got it/ The whole world is watching/ So let’s get this popping,” he sounds fatigued. His singular points of reference echo the singular approach to this worldwide arena primer. And while the track’s general appeal lies in it’s relatively formulaic approach, “Live It Up” contains all the classic elements of a summertime highlight and will inevitably morph into a hit given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world.
Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi, and Diplo are reportedly joining forces for the World Cup’s 2018 anthem, and judging by the star power inherent in this grouping, the incoming theme song sounds like it’ll be a veritable sonic goal.
Smith, Jam, and Kosovo vocalist, Istrefi, will perform the number, with Diplo handling all things production related. Titled ‘One Life to Live. Live it Up,’ the finished production is expected to drop on Friday, May 25.
Given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world, the anthem will enjoy prevalent airtime. Previous World Cup anthems have included Pitbull’s ‘We Are One (Ole Ola),’ and Shakira’s wildly popular ‘Waka Waka,’ among others.
Marshmello crowded the Main Stage with a series of surprise special guests, including fellow Ultra 20 performers Slushii and G-Eazy, as well as Yo Gotti, Southside, Lil Uzi Vert, and the inimitable Will Smith, for a live performance of Smith’s 1997 hit single, “Miami.”
Earlier this year, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff announced they would be making a rare appearance to perform at Blackpool’s Livewire Festival. At the August festival, the duo tried their hand at EDM with the premiere of a track called “Get Lit.”
“Get Lit,” produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, shows the iconic duo trying to push their way into one of the world’s fastest-rising music cultures. With a party vibe about “getting lit” and a pounding big room house beat, the track is reminiscent of festivals five years ago. Smith dons an accent for the verses in an attempt to give the song a foreign vibe, but switches back to his recognizable rap voice for the chorus.
In the hours since its release, the track has been met with overall criticism, with descriptions varying from “atrocious” to “a nightmare” to a “mid-life crisis.” While 49-year-old Smith and 52-year-old DJ Jazzy Jeff are legendary in the music world, their efforts to connect with the EDM audience miss the mark with “Get Lit.”
Will Smith is returning to his throne as the Fresh Prince by debuting a new track at Livewire festival.
Will Smith teamed up with his old collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff for a new track dubbed”Get Lit” and debuted it at Blackpool’s Livewire Festival. This is their first track together since the release of “Lovely Daze” on the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Greatest Hits record released in 1998.
Smith announced to the Blackpool Tower Headland Arena crowd that he and DJ Jazzy Jeff made “Get Lit” in response to the recent “chaos and confusion” around the world.
“I wanted to make a song that allowed people to let their light shine. We all have an inner light and sometimes this world…people can say stuff to you and tell you you can’t do and you know you can but when they tell you that it kinda knocks you down a bit right so I wanted to make a record that reminded each and every one of y’all to let your light shine.”