(AllHipHop News) Will Smith is returning to music by lending his rap vocals to the official song of the 2018 soccer World Cup.
The hip-hop star and actor confirmed his involvement with the World Cup record on Tuesday (May 22) in a post on Instagram, in which he tagged his collaborators Diplo, reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi.
He captioned an image of himself with Nicky, “@nickyjampr (cross emoji) @Diplo (cross emoji) @strefie (cross emoji) @WillSmith – One Life to Live. Live it Up. #WorldCup.”
In an interview with Colombia’s W Radio, Nicky’s manager Juan Diego Medina confirmed the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and his client finished recording the song in Budapest, Hungary last week and the track will be released on Friday.
However, bosses at soccer governing body FIFA are yet to formally confirm the news.
The tournament will begin in Russia next month, although fans will likely have to wait to hear Will perform, as the official song is traditionally at the center of the closing ceremony – which takes place ahead of the final.
The 49-year-old follows in the footsteps of stars including Shakira, Pitbull, Anastacia and Ricky Martin by recording an official World Cup track.
Jason Derulo and J Balvin also appear on promotional songs for this year’s competition.
The 2018 soccer World Cup gets underway on 14 June when the hosts play Saudi Arabia in Moscow, with the final held in the same city on July 15.