May 16 [7:55 EST] -- Actor Will Smith may once again become rapper Will Smith.
The star of the sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" and this summer's "Men In Black" is said to be signing a recording deal with Columbia Records that could re-establish him as a musician. While reports of a deal have surfaced, Columbia records says only that nothing's been signed yet.
As part of the pop-rap group DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Smith scored four top 20 hits starting in 1988. Smith's success as a rapper lead to his title role on the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" which in turn launched him to the big screen.
Smith is featured on the first single from the "Men In Black" soundtrack, "Forget Me Nots," which is due to hit radio airwaves next week. The song is a loose cover of a 1982 song by singer Patrice Rushen.
When MTV News caught up with the rapper-turned-actor-turned-rapper on the set of the video shoot for "Forget Me Nots," he said he was looking
forward to getting back to his hitmaking ways.
"I'm looking forward to just coming out and having fun," Smith told MTV News. "It's been really heavy, Tupac and Biggie, and rap is just really dark, and ugly and heavy lately, and I just want to have some fun." [1MB QuickTime]
The complete "Men In Black" soundtrack will be out on July 1 with tracks from De La Soul, Nas, and Snoop Doggy Dogg with Jermaine Dupri, among others.