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Why a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince tour matters?

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Why in 2016 would a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince tour matter? Will is 47, Jeff is 50, and they haven't released an official album together in 23 years. I think you have to understand hip hop and it's history and where it is now to understand it's importance. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince paved the way for hip hop becoming popular, acceptable and worthy of recognition (First Grammy Award). They have sold over 40 million records and yet have barely toured. Will has always been busy with a TV show, a movie career and bringing up a young family.  Right now seems a perfect time to celebrate the legacy of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. They have millions of fans young and old who found great joy from their music. It wasn't always serious, it was sometimes lighthearted, fun, feel good music. It's the kind of music that stays with you, that brings back positive memories. How can you not listen to Summertime and think of a warm sunny day and family barbecues? 

I think over the last few years Will has gotten away from what made him so successful, what made him so popular. The world tour and a return to music is exactly what the world needs right now. We want the Fresh Prince back, the YouTube views for Will & Jeff doing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme on Graham Norton are a clear indication of the love people still have for some Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff.

I think hip hop right now is really imbalanced. There is a lack of creditable female emcees, strong and positive messages and true artistry. The fact that young people think Will should stop rapping because he is 47 is a true sign of ignorance. I can't think of any other genre where a musician is told he has to stop making art because he's older. Is that what you would really say to Miles Davis or Charles Mingus or Donald Byrd? Would you tell James Brown to stop because he's older? Hell no! In fact with age comes wisdom so the music Will would create now would most likely be far more powerful than when he was younger. I know he has plenty to say.

This Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince world tour should be a true celebration of what their music has done in the world. It has opened up doors to TV and to hollywood, to mainstream chart success and it has brought joy to so many people. No one ever did what Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince did now let's see them put on one of the great hip hop tours of all time.


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This blog describes my thoughts exactly on the importance of the career of my favorite hip hop group of all time, hopefully this legendary tour will cement them a spot for the Rock & Roll hall of fame because their career is just as timeless and legendary as James Brown, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Bob Marley,Elvis Presley, Temptations, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and any of their hip hop peers like Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul, who were influenced by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run Dmc who are currently in the hall of fame. As a 30 year old aspiring rapper from New Jersey I'm inspired by great music and Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince represent that eptimoe of greatness for the mount rushmore of music legends. I was watching one of my favorite sports programs on TV yesterday called ESPN First Take and they were interviewing the hip hop artist Timbaland and they asked him about who's the greatest rapper in the history of hip hop and the point that he made in his answer is something that I agree with on the most part when he said that there is no one greatest of all time since there's so much different type of artists who tell their own story but what I didn't like about that interview is that Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless started heavily mentioning rappers who're severly overated like Jay-Z, 2Pac, and Biggie Smalls, now I don't want people to get offended when I say this because they are good artists but there's more to hip hop music than those 3 that media and ignorant fans overhype while at the same time they discredit and knock down rappers like Fresh Prince, LL Cool J, Heavy D, Kid N Play, and MC Hammer for being "soft" and "having less skills" than any of the so called "hardcore" hip hop artists. Ignorant gangsta rap fans talk about how great artists like Dr Dre are but why is it ok for him to have songwriting collaboraters but yet they wanna crucify Will Smith for writing songs with Nas and Kel Spencer in the same breath. To me music is music and I respect both JJFP and NWA as 2 of my favorite groups but I'd like to see JJFP's "Code Red" get as much credit as being a classic album that Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" gets constantly.  Like the man said on "I Wish I Made That" from his "Lost & Found":"I always envied how y'all ride with Dre & The Chronic/Talking how Em, 50, and Jigga got it/A lot like LL, Chuck D, slick rick , & Doug e/I think y'all love me but place other rappers above me". All of this exciting news of another album and a tour by JJFP has lit fire in my spirit and exicitement in my heart, long live the legends and god bless!

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11 hours ago, bigted said:

 Like the man said on "I Wish I Made That" from his "Lost & Found":"I always envied how y'all ride with Dre & The Chronic/Talking how Em, 50, and Jigga got it/A lot like LL, Chuck D, slick rick , & Doug e/I think y'all love me but place other rappers above me". All of this exciting news of another album and a tour by JJFP has lit fire in my spirit and excitement in my heart, long live the legends and god bless!

Totally agree Ted! :smiley-signs011:

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Love this post. I can't wait to see them perform live. I saw JJFP at Live8 in 2005 in Philly but I was just soooo far away from the stage. It was really cool to see them perform Summertime in Philly. However, I've waited 10 long years and I want to see them as close as possible lol. I'm ecstatic to say the very least! 

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5 hours ago, DevilsJim89 said:

Love this post. I can't wait to see them perform live. I saw JJFP at Live8 in 2005 in Philly but I was just soooo far away from the stage. It was really cool to see them perform Summertime in Philly. However, I've waited 10 long years and I want to see them as close as possible lol. I'm ecstatic to say the very least! 

Jeff said in a recent interview they've had a lot of interest in the tour as well which is a good sign!

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