Throwback: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper

He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper

In honor of seeing the latest Will Smith flick, Hancock, last night, I thought I’d post up one of my favorite albums of all time.  DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince literally changed my life, since they’re responsible for the first hip-hop I ever heard.  Plus, my entire sense of humor was shaped by their music and the greatest TV show of all time, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”  The first cassette I owned was Rock The House when I was 6 years old (woah…20 years ago), but their second album, He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, was the joint that put me over the top.  I must have listened to it a million times, and to this day, I still have every line, adlib, and scratch memorized.  Clearly, part of my affinity for this LP is sentimental, but I think it’s still dope music that stands the test of time.  Peep the title track for example, where Will absolutely blacks out.  Black Thought has said it was his favorite verse growing up, and that rhyme alone is greater than the careers of most contemporary rappers.

If you’ve never heard this album, listening to it for the first time in 2008 clearly won’t mean the same for you as it did for me, but you need to check it out.  If you remember it, but haven’t pulled it out in ages, do so.  Afterall, it’s summer…and that’s officially JJ+FP time.  There are even rumors that we might see some tour dates from Jeff and Will over the next few months (if they come to Seattle, it’s a WRAP).  And go see Hancock…it’s dope.

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper

Bonus: The Smoking Section has the other JJ+FP albums up for download right here.

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3 Responses to “Throwback: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper”

  1. chev says:

    a couple months ago i seen an article on yahoo that said dude was one of the top 25 worst rappers all time

    they even got him at number 8 on the i understand news sources like yahoo are trash. but just that they reach such an incredible number of people give them power of uninformed people.
    like the rest of my homies, i couldnt fucking stand getting jiggy with it, or even welcome to miami…but dude is such a o.g. i still recognize what he done did

  2. Hyphen says:

    Word up man, I saw that yahoo list too. Complete trash. Will as Fresh Prince is a legend, and while the solo stuff was corny, there was also some good ish tossed in there too. “The Rain” featuring Jill Scott is classic…”So Fresh” with Biz and Slick Rick…both those are off “Willenium.” But yeah, dude is a legend and even on his worst days, he’s way more enjoyable than most of the people considered “hot” today

  3. […] I mentioned in the Throwback post about JJ+FP, there have been rumors that Jeff and Will would team up for some performances […]

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