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Will Smith and Rakim shared a heartwarming moment backstage at the Grammy's hip-hop concert

Photos of Will Smith, Rakim.
Will Smith, Rakim. (Shutterstock/Featureflash Photo Agency; Instagram/thegodrakim)

Will Smith and Rakim shared a heartwarming moment backstage at the Grammys' recent "50 Years Of Hip-Hop” celebration.

Both Smith and The God MC performed as the Grammys celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a live concert on December 10.

On Wednesday, Rakim shared footage to Instagram of him and Smith meeting backstage sometime during the evening, at which point Smith took the opportunity to pay homage to the man he's previously described as his favorite rapper.

“I was absolutely trying to sound like you on ‘Summertime,'” Smith told Rakim in the video, referring to his 1991 hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff.

“I had been screaming all night and I couldn’t get my happy-go-lucky high voice and Hula said, ‘Yo just give me that Rakim shit,'" Smith added as Rakim and his entourage laughed.

Tagging Smith in the caption of his Instagram post, Rakim wrote: "All love."

Common, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, 2 Chainz, and YG were among the other performers at the Grammys' "50 Years Of Hip-Hop” show.

A number of other superstar rappers, however, including KRS-One, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent, turned down the chance to perform at the event.

In an interview clip shared Wednesday on social media by Daddy-O, KRS-One explained why he chose to snub his invite.

"You ignored hip-hop for 49 years," he said of the Grammys. "At the 50th year, you wanna call us? You couldn’t even call on 47 and gear it up to 50. You wait to the 50th year to call hip-hop’s authentic teacher? Nah, you don’t get that privilege.”


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