05/21/2013 08:44 am ET Updated May 21, 2013

Will Smith: Kanye Has 'Been Pushing Me' To Rap Again (VIDEO)

It looks like Kanye West wants to ball with the kid. In a new interview with HipHollywood.com, Will Smith said that West has been "pushing" him to record music once again.

"I've been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times," Smith revealed to HipHollywood.com. "I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I get truly inspired, but 'Ye's been pushing me a little bit."

Connecting Smith and West at this particular time feels like a publicist's dream, as both stars have projects coming out in the next few weeks (Smith's "After Earth" arrives on May 31; West's "Yeezus" is out June 18). That said, Smith has flirted with reigniting his music career within the last year: He frequently found time to rap on the press tour for last year's "Men In Black 3," this despite not performing the film's theme song. (That honor went to Pitbull; Smith had sung the previous "MIB" themes.) As recent as March of this year, Smith performed the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme for students at South London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School. On Monday night, Smith staged an impromptu performance of "Summertime" on "The Late Show With David Letterman."

Those public appearances aside, Smith hasn't released new material since the 2005 album "Lost and Found." His last single was "Party Starter," which came out in August of that same year.

[HipHollywood.com via Vulture]

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