Today In Hip-Hop: ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Debuts On Television

On this day, September 10, in hip-hop history... 1990: The success Will Smith—a.k.a. The Fresh Prince—had enjoyed as a rapper in the 1980s led him to spend his money uncontrollably and he soon found himself in hot water with the IRS. Owing over $2.8 million dollars to the federal government, Smith was on the verge of bankruptcy when television executives at NBC approached him about starring in a television show loosely based on his life. Smith agreed and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was on the airwaves on September 10, 1990. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was a show about a fictionalized version of ...

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