Now this is a (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 Philadelphia born and (raised)
On the (playground) was where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all (shooting) some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of (guys) who were up to no good
Started making (trouble) in my neighborhood
I got in one little (fight) and my mom got scared
"You're movin' with your auntie and (uncle) in Bel-Air"
I (begged) and pleaded with her day after day
But she (packed) my suitcase and sent me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket
I put my Walkman on and said
"I might as well (kick) it"
First (class) , yo, this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass
Is this what the people of Bel-Air (living) like?
Hmm, this might be alright
I (whistled) for a cab and when it came near
The (license) plate said "Fresh" and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought, "Nah, forget it"
– "Yo, home to Bel-Air"
I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I (yelled) to the cabbie, "Yo home smell ya later"
I looked at my (kingdom)
I was (finally) there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air
The song is about The Prince of Bel-Air, starring Smith as a street kid from Philadelphia whose mother sends him to the rich enclave of Bel-Air, California to live with his uncles.