Fresh Prince of Bel Air Fad

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air fad is one of the most unexpected conclusions to a story in message board history. The topic creator will begin a story about something that seems rather interesting, amazing, or completely ludicrous and end the story by pulling out a Bel Air reference. I think advertisers may have even used themed PPC ads in relation to this fad at some point…lol

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a sitcom from the 90s that starred the now infamous Will Smith in which he was a…well just look at the theme song:

Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called bel-air

In west philadelfia born and raised
On the playground where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys said “we’re up in no good”
Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in bel-air”

(only the first three episodes of season one)

I begged and pleaded with her the other day
But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way
She gave me a kissin’ and she gave me my ticket
I put my walkman on and said I might aswell kick it

First class, yo this is bad,
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass
Is this what the people of bel-air livin’ like,
Hmm this might be alright!

I whistled for a cab and when it came near the
Licensplate said “fresh” and had a dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought now forget it, yo home to bel-air

I pulled up to a house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabby “yo, home smell you later”
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To settle my throne as the prince of bel-air

Most stories that use this fad will be about some fight a guy got into in real life and it will go pretty in depth. The topic creator will look to rope the reader in with an interesting story that will get the reader thinking it is real, or just a well written short story. After a few paragraphs the topic creator will bust out with these lines to end the story:

I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in bel-air”

It has gotten so widespread that many message board users from these boards will just look at the end of the post to see if this is included to decide whether reading this entire Wall O’ Text is necessary. Much less common now than it was in the past, but when originally used it was very clever. I just assume this originated on 4chan since they are the origin of every fad known to man.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air Fad

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