“Music can also help clients identify emotions and reframe cognition,” says the therapist Cendrine Robinson in HuffPost Black Voices.
In an interview with the Fader, Meek Mill was asked about Robinson’s research. The rapper replied, “That’s what I make the music for, to be able to touch people. Even if you didn’t come from the hood. You don’t have to come from the streets.”
Bel-Air’s soundtrack is worth listening to closely while watching the show because, in filmmaking, there are often messages behind music choices. On Bel-Air, the character Will Smith is in real danger which is a build from the original series where writers wrote a lighter version of the Philly gang’s storyline. To me, it’s an intentional and relevant departure that is intriguing because it relates to the real-life experiences of people like Meek Mill and the youth Robinson engaged during the therapy program in Washington, DC.