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DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince - He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper

Album Facts

Original Release Date: 1988
Certified Double Platinum
#4 Billboard 200
#5 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album

Brand New Funk
#76 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

Nightmare on My Street
#9 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles
#15 Billboard Hot 100

Parents Just Dont Understand #12 Billboard Hot 100

1988 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince won the first Grammy award ever given out to a rap artist.

One of the first hip hop double albums.

Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper Album Cover


  • Nightmare on My Street
  • Here We Go Again
  • Brand New Funk
  • Time to Chill
  • Charlie Mack
    (1st out ot the Limo)
  • As We Go
  • Parent's Just Don't Understand
  • Pump Up the Bass
  • Let's Get Busy Baby
  • Live at Union Square
    (November 1986)
  • D.J. on the Wheels
  • My Buddy
  • Rhythm Trax - House Party Style
  • He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
  • Hip Hop Dancer's Theme
  • Jazzy's in the House
  • Human Video Game

Album Reviews

All Music Guide

4 and a half stars out of 5

Their commercial breakthrough contains their #12 hit, "Parents Just Don't Understand," and other good-time raps.

-- Dan Heilman

Q Magazine

DJ Jazzy Jeff/The Fresh PrinceA double album at the price of a single is usually a good idea, but here it scores a bit of an own goal. Sides C and D are devoted to DJ Jazzy Jeff living up to his name creating some unusually musical sculptures from records most DJs wouldn't consider—ie they're not James Brown or Led Zeppelin, but show a leaning towards jazz funk and softer soul. Not that he neglects the beat, putting down some particularly bone-crunching rhythms. All of this only serves to show up the rap dominated sides. The Fresh Prince is neither forceful, inventive nor stylistically unique, and never sounds better than hopelessly out of his depth in such a devastating barrage of sound. Still, at its low retail price you can afford to ignore exactly half of it.

- Lloyd Bradley



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