Will Smith recently sat down with TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast where he discussed winning the first rap Grammy Award, his planned music comeback, and the time he slapped a Russian faux-reporter in the face for trying to kiss him.
What makes the latter topic a standout in the interview is that Smith reveals how much of a fan Jay-Z was of the interaction when it happened back in 2012. The incident happened when Vitalli Sediuk, a former media reporter, was in attendance for a Men in Black III red carpet event.
Will Smith’s story about Jay-Z’s reaction to the video of him slapping a reporter is so funny LMAO pic.twitter.com/e0bckITyN0
— julia (@letitbeglorious) July 4, 2018
“I get back and I’m pissed that somebody thinks because you’re famous, they get to do whatever they want to do to you,” he recalls. “So I’m in my room and I had ten urgent messages from Jay-Z.”
“So I call him and say, ‘What’s up?’ He sounds winded,” Smith continues. “He said, ‘I just saw the video of you slapping the dude in Russia. I just want you to know you’ll never make a better piece of entertainment. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.’ He said, ‘Me and Bey, we got a show tonight, and we’re thinking about cancelling it and just staying in and watching you slap this dude.'”
Revisit the video of Smith slapping Sediuk below.
A few months back the actor and rapper recounted the first and only time he ever met Michael Jackson.