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Hear Will Smith’s Rap Rendition of Genie’s ‘Friend Like Me’

Let the countdown to 'Aladdin' begin.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

The live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin may not be out until later this month but fans were treated to a sneak preview during Monday’s airing of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. On the show, Will Smith, who plays the iconic genie in the film, performed a rap version of “Friend Like Me.”

Using the drum beat from “Impeach The President” by the Honey Drippers, the 50-year-old raps the lyrics to the popular tune from the original movie’s soundtrack as the audience—and host Jimmy Fallon—cheer him on.

Before performing his remix, Smith admitted to Fallon that he was hesitant to take the role at first. “I got presented the idea to play the genie in Aladdin and the first thing is ‘Hell no.’ Robin Williams smashed that role, you know?” The actor also faced backlash when the preview images for the film showed that he would not be blue as the original genie was (this was later corrected in the movie’s preview).

He went on to explain that while at first “I didn’t feel like I wanted to touch it,” he started thinking about “What would you do differently?” and  “What would you add to that?” Eventually, Smith told Fallon, he was won over by the music and the opportunity to put his own spin on it, as he did with “Friend Like Me.”

At the end of the interview, Fallon also played a clip from one of the scenes from Aladdin, which is set to be released in theaters nationwide on May 24.