"My grandmother found my book that was laced with all my poetic profanity," he said on the conference's main stage.
Please show the world that you're as smart as we think you are.'".
"She made me realize that I wasn't creating only for me," he said in the onstage interview with Edelman creative strategy chair Jackie Cooper.
"The things I created were going to have an effect on her and were going to have an effect on everyone who came into contact with my artistry.
Many years later, his grandmother's impact would be amplified by Smith's close friendship with Muhammad Ali, whom he portrayed in a 2001 biopic.
The power is now in the hands of the audience, in the hands of the fans.
The only choice I have is to be in tune with their needs, not try to trick them into going to see Wild Wild West. »