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Will Smith impresses with 'Fresh Prince' reunion performance on 'Graham Norton'

Posted by Emily Wright  May 25, 2013 08:34 PM

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Apparently the "Late Show" was just a warm-up for Will Smith.

Four days after a May 20 surprise performance of "Summertime" on David Letterman's late-night talk show, Smith threw it back to his "Fresh Prince" days with costars DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro on BBC's "The Graham Norton Show."

After Norton reminded Smith of a previous stop at the show where he performed the intro to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Smith quickly took the stage with his son, Jaden, rapping together publicly for the first time. The father-son duo were in the UK promoting their upcoming film, "After Earth."

He started the four-part performance by beatboxing while Jaden spit a freestyle, then, he introduced DJ Jazzy Jeff and got the crowd going alongside Jaden during the intro to his song "Switch." He changed it up seconds later by performing the theme song to his '90s TV show (sing it with us, "In West Philadelphia born and raised"), and then he introduced Ribeiro for a Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual" dance sesh. The finale: Both Smiths, Ribeiro, and Norton danced the The Sugar Hill Gang's classic "Apache."

Norton's other guests, Bradley Cooper and Heather Graham, jammed along to the special show.

Fans of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" are in for a treat with the clip (above). Now where's Uncle Phil when you need him?

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