After years of distance from music, Oscar-winning multihyphenate Will Smith plans on returning to the industry that introduced him to the world with a joint record alongside Joyner Lucas.

On Monday, the “Broski” artist gave Smith his flowers on Instagram in honor of his 55th birthday.

“Dear hero. I never thought I’d ever meet you,” Lucas began his heartfelt caption.


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In addition to paying homage to one of the most prominent actors of all time, he hinted at their upcoming collaborative musical effort.

“Still trips me out that I grew up idolizing you, to then me making a record about my admiration and respect for you, to then you asking me to create a whole album with you,” Lucas wrote.

The last time Smith dropped a full-length project was in 2005 with the release of his fourth studio album, Lost and Found, which spawned the hit single, “Switch.”

Although it has been a while since Smith has produced a full-fledged project, he isn’t too far removed from stepping into the booth and freestyling. In 2018, Smith hopped on a remix of his son Jaden’s mega-hit “Icon” alongside Nicky Jam.

The Will Smith-Joyner Lucas record won’t be the first time they’ve collaborated as Smith joined Lucas on a remix of his 2020 track “Will,” commemorating the namesake’s remarkable film and TV career.

Earlier this year, Lucas released a track called “Devil’s Work Part 2,” which touched on Smith’s infamous slap of comedian Chris Rock in 2022.

“Erase that Will Smith slap and turn him back around / Or wait ’til they get backstage so they could have it out,” he rapped. “Or maybe make it so that Chris chose a different joke / A different topic, somethin’ Jada won’t be mad about.”

Are you excited for Will Smith’s return to music?