the success that was coming from a pop-friendly duo with a decidedly suburban image. DJ Jazzy Jeff recruited the 17-year-old Fresh Prince to rap for him after his usual MC didn’t make it to a gig.
“I was really big in the city as a DJ and Will was in a crew in a section of the city in Wynnefield,” Jazzy Jeff and the teenage Will Smith would immediately hit it off and within months, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince had their first single out. The duo became one of the biggest rap acts of the late 1980s, on the strength of commercial-friendly story songs that set Will’s undeniable charm against Jeff’s infectious production. The formula led to chart-topping hits like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Brand New Funk”; a Grammy win for their second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper; and of course, a hit TV show in 1990.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk
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