The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Original Release Date: June 6, 2006
All the original recordings have been remastered for this collection.
- Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (radio)
- The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff (single edit)
- A Touch Of Jazz
- Parents Just Don't Understand
- A Nightmare On My Street
- Brand New Funk
- I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson (Radio Mix)
- The Groove (Jazzy's Groove)
- Summertime (Single Edit)
- Ring My Bell (Mr. Lee Radio Mix)
- The Things That U Do (Hula Radio Remix)
- Boom! Shake The Room
- I'm Looking For The One (To Be With Me)
- I Wanna Rock (Radio Edit)
The Very Best Of D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Release Date: June 06, 2006
Topping the charts throughout the '80s and '90s with such hits as "Parents Just Don't Understand," "A Nightmare On My Street," and the anthemic "Summertime," Jeff Townes (aka, D.J. Jazzy Jeff) and Will Smith (aka, The Fresh Prince) brought rap music to pop audiences worldwide. Formed in 1986 in Philadelphia while performing at a house party, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince served as the launching pad for two major music careers. Renowned for his turntable skills as spotlighted on tracks such as "The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff" and "Brand New Funk," D.J. Jazzy Jeff is internationally acknowledged as a significant figure in the art of turntablism. Today, he plays a major role in nurturing the Neo-Soul movement coming out of Philadelphia. The rapper of the group, Will Smith, needs little introduction as he rose throughout the '80s and '90s to become one of America's biggest stars of film, music and television. Together, as D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, they created some of the most memorable hits of their day and, individually, continue to woo fans worldwide.
The Very Best of D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince features 14 classic songs from the rap duo who changed the game in the late 80's. They were one of the first rap groups to find themselves in heavy rotation on MTV. True Run-DMC found MTV success after their 1986 song "Walk This Way" featuring Aerosmith, but D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince were the first rap group to really become MTV darlings. Their videos were in rotation at all times of the day. There airplay was not only limited to Yo MTV Raps. On top of that they were the first rap group to ever win a Grammy Award.
Their early hits included fun songs such as "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble," "Parents Just Don't Understand," and "A Nightmare On My Street," but the group were mad talented and have straight up hip-hop classics. "Brand New Funk," is an often forgotten hip-hop classic. As the 90's progressed and hip-hop went hardcore DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince struggled to find their place in the marketplace. Their biggest hit of the 90's "Summertime," is still a favorite song during the season. The Very Best of D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince includes all of the duo's biggest hits.
Fresh Prince nee Will Smith found great success on television and in films. Jazzy Jeff has found great success as a producer.
Since it features all the charting singles, The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince contains just about everything that any disc jockey played by the duo, including lighthearted smart-ass favorites like "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" and "Parents Just Don't Understand," silly topical fluff like "A Nightmare on My Street" and "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson," surprisingly durable minor hits like "Brand New Funk" and "The Things U Do," and even Jazzy Jeff's nimble instrumental flipping of tracks by Bob James, the Mizell Brothers, and Marvin Gaye ("A Touch of Jazz"). One significant track that doesn't appear is "You Saw My Blinker," a rare example of cranky bitterness from the otherwise wisecracking, punchline-delivering Fresh Prince. The 1998 Greatest Hits release and 2003's Platinum & Gold Collection aren't much different from this set, so the best route to go is more dependent upon what's available than brain-teasing comparisons of track listings. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide