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Will Smith Set To Host Hip-Hop Podcast ‘Class Of ’88’ For Audible

Will Smith Set To Host Hip-Hop Podcast ‘Class Of ’88’ For Audible

Published Fri, September 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT

Will Smith is set to host a new Audible podcast about what many say is the most pivotal year in Hip-Hop history, 1988.

Smith will be the main voice for Class of ’88, which is an eight-episode series that will feature Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Queen Latifah, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim and Smith’s rap partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. The eight-episode series produced by Wondery, Audible, Westbrook and Awfully Nice will launch in October on Audible and Amazon Music, Deadline reports.

“Hip-hop has been a central part of my life for over four decades,” Smith told Billboard. “I’m hyped to share my firsthand experiences and those of some of hip-hop’s greatest legends as we delve into the origins of one of the most influential genres of music in history.”

The list of great, landmark albums released in 1988 are bountiful. Among them are Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, Follow The Leader from Eric B & Rakim, N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, Strictly Business from EPMD, Big Daddy Kane's Long Live The Kane, Critical Beatdown from Ultramagnetic MCs, By All Means Necessary from Boogie Down Productions, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick from Slick Rick, and MC Lyte's Lyte As A Rock, among several others.

Class of ’88 will debut on Oct. 26.

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