“Just the Two of Us” is a 1998 song by American rapper Will Smith. It was released as the fourth single from his debut solo studio album, Big Willie Style (1997). The song was inspired by Bill Withers‘ and Grover Washington, Jr.‘s love song of the same title; Smith’s version samples and incorporates lyrics from the original. Instead of love between a couple, “Just the Two of Us” focuses on the relationship between a father and son.
The song reached number 20 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as number six on the Hot 100 Airplay. It was also a Top 5 hit in the UK, reaching number two. “Just the Two of Us” was one of Smith’s biggest solo hits. Smith originally wrote a children’s book with the same title and lyrics. For his album, he performed it in rap form. Instrumentation was provided by “Sauce” from the R&B group Somethin’ for the People. The song was parodied by Dr. Evil in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
The accompanying music video features Smith playing with his son, Trey, as well as numerous clips of several other famous men with their children.