Call it a midlife crisis or a discovery of salsa, but Will Smith, who recently turned 50, has teamed up with none other than Marc Anthony for the song, “Esta Rico (It’s Good).”
The entertainers, who are actually friends, posted a tease last month on Instagram about what to expect from the recently dropped video. In this first clip, Smith and Anthony embrace, then Will shows off his verse that starts with “Hola, yeah, it’s the Prince. In an unmarked car with the tints. Marc Anthony with the new anthem. Yeah, I know, is a lil intense. Ferragamo on the collar. We gon’ smash a throttle in Miami harbor.”
The fact that the rapper turned movie star and salsa great are teaming up (also with trap singer Bad Bunny) is not actually a huge surprise.
Smith showed off his love for the Magic City on his bilingual 1998 single, “Miami,” off his debut solo album “Big Willie Style.”
“Will and I have always wanted to work on a musical collaboration,” Anthony said in a press release about the collaboration. “This song seems perfect for this moment we’re both experiencing creatively. Working with Bad Bunny for the first time has been a great surprise.”
The guys obviously have fun together, and the sexy video, shot in Miami, shows off their chemistry.
Smith, Anthony and Bad Bunny (real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) are seen in a shady looking underground club bathed in an eerie red light. Women writhe around in leather get-ups, while the men, dressed like pimps, stare on. A TV set in the corner plays just static a la “Poltergeist.” Anthony at one point is seen making out with one of the um, comely, cast members (he’s not married these days, so let’s give him a pass).
Then the men take it outside and rap beneath an underpass surrounded by garbage cans on fire. OK, we get it. This is art: The video was directed by Carlos Perez, of “Despacito” fame.
Smith posted on Instagram a clip of him prepping for the shoot, which apparently just took one day. Though he didn’t say where exactly in Miami they were, he did admit to his 23 million followers, “It’s hot as hell.”