According to reports from Yahoo, the Smith family has been under intense scrutiny, particularly following the widely publicized incident in 2022 where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on a global stage.
While this event continues to make headlines, it has also brought attention to an often-overlooked chapter in Jada Pinkett Smith’s past—her involvement in the nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom during the mid-2000s.
Active from 2002 to 2006, Wicked Wisdom gained recognition in the music industry, making waves within the scene. Their debut album, “My Story,” released in 2004, garnered attention, leading to tours with Britney Spears and performances at major rock festivals like Download and Ozzfest.
Will Smith himself served as the executive producer for their second album, “Wicked Wisdom,” in 2006, and the band toured with Sevendust. However, after this period, Wicked Wisdom seemingly faded from the music scene.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s venture into metal was not arbitrary; she had expressed her love for heavy music in interviews, citing influences such as Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses from her childhood.
With connections in the music industry, including a close friendship with Tupac Shakur in the early 1990s, she was able to assemble a lineup for Wicked Wisdom, with guitarist Pocket Honore becoming her main collaborator.
Initially blending soul, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll, Wicked Wisdom’s sound evolved towards a heavier direction through live performances. Their metal credibility received a boost when they caught the attention of Sharon Osbourne, leading to their inclusion in the 2005 Ozzfest lineup.
Despite positive reviews for their self-titled album in 2006, Wicked Wisdom abruptly vanished from the music scene. Reports suggest that Jada’s desire to spend more time with her family played a role.
Despite their brief stint, Wicked Wisdom’s music remains an intriguing footnote in nu-metal history, with their notable song, “Bleed All Over Me,” experiencing a revival when Jada’s daughter Willow Smith performed it live with the band in 2021. However, the future of this short-lived nu-metal experiment remains uncertain.