The best thing to come out of today is not the track itself. it's Will coming to terms with the fact that just putting out music in any form is the most important thing and not to worry about labels, hits and popularity.
I lile the track. Wills not on it enough though. So almost sounds like a high qualiy demo that wasnt quite finalised. Still this is a very positive showing for the future. Big Will bring us some more soon..... And that tour
That's a whole lotta remixes on one disc.
The Outher Bros were very big here in the UK 95-96 time. They had like 3 or 4 top ten hits, so was interesting to see them remix a track from a couple of years prior and release it. I don't recall this remix charting at all though.
Hi guys, i just wrote a blog about my JJFP fan story and what this forthcoming tour means to me. If you have 5 minutes please take a look.
Gettin’ Jiggy at 31 years young
Early 1998, Hip Hop was ruling the world and a 13 year old working class family lad was beginning to spend his hard earned paperboy wages on CD’s and Cassettes (I rocked a walkman). The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was constantly on my square TV, and a track popped up on a chart compilation tape i had bought. This track was Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy Wit it. What was it about this track that got me hooked? The rhyme’s were fun, the flow was slick, the sample and cuts worked perfectly, the chorus is annoyingly catchy. It was the perfect pop rap track. Will’s music and movie career were both huge, he was everywhere. The internet was starting to get some real steam and i began to look into Will’s career more and more. It was then that i realized older hits Boom shake the room and summertime i remembered as a kid were by him and and a man called Jazzy Jeff. As a family we’d be tuned into the UK Top 40 every sunday afternoon. Around this time Jazzy Jeff ad Fresh Prince’s greatest hits was released. Jive records clearly cashing in on Will’s resurgence in music, and who can blame them. I had that disc on repeat even more than Big Willie Style. The tracks were the gateway i needed as a young teen to explore and study Hip Hop music and culture, educating myself from the old school up. But whatever i explored, it was these five JJ+FP studio albums that found their way back into the CD player time and time again. Jeff’s samples and cutting, Prince’s stories that you couldn’t help but memorize, their obvious ability to add their live chemistry onto record. It was infectious stuff. I would be force feedling school friends mixtapes of the duo’s stuff, if they wanted it or not. Will being such a huge movie star, and often prioritzing that above music made me doubt ever getting to see him perform live. Not through lack of trying. I attended the movie premieres of Hitch and Hancock in London in hope of rumours of him performing live claimed to be true. As i began to follow in my sisters footsteps (A modest heavy metal star in her day) and begin a love affair with Rock and alternative music. I questioned Hip Hop stars passion for performing live. Whilst in my late teens and throughout my 20s i have seen dozens of my favourite bands tour regularly. I didn’t understand why rappers didn’t push themselves to the same limits. A lot of people i know who love Hip Hop music have never seen their fave artists perform live and seem content in that just being normal. As a varied music lover I almost find it odd that when a new abum drops, that a artist doesn’t follow it up with a tour for at least promotional purposes. In 2002 i joined a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince fan site ran by an Australian named Tim, who has become a good friend of mine over the years. I have met many like minded fans and we have built a great community over the high and low points of the duo’s post millenium career. Around 2004 i noticed Jeff was touring a lot. But it wasn’t until early 2006 that i decided to attend a show in Leeds where an old friend was at University. Tim from the JJFP site asked me to get in touch with Jeff’s tour manager at the time via myspace. (remember when that ruled your life?) He said i could possibly meet Jeff at the show. I didn’t expect too much, however when we get to the show Jeff’s crew give me and my friend the VIP treatment. Getting to witness Jeff’s killer Hip Hop set sidestage washing it all down with free beer was at the time one of the best nights of my life. Since that inaugral night in 2006 i have been lucky enough to attend over a dozen shows. Initially with the slept on talent of Mad Skillz, and more recently the young, hungry and humble Dayne Jordan filling the Master of Ceremonies duties. Each time getting to hang out with Jeff. Here is a superstar DJ who has allowed fans the chance to befriend him. He never had to do that, and I can’t stress how honoured some of us over at jazzyjefffreshprince.com are to have been put in this situation. Jeff has opened my eyes and ears to so many different styles of music i would have otherwise ignored. He can give you a straight Hip Hop set like no other, but just as easily throw in some house, soul and funk that will leave your feet sore. As longtime supporters of Will’s career we as fans often get frustrated with his commitment to music, but understand the workload he has had to juggle. Will admits that he has never done a proper full on tour with Jeff. Occasionally we as fans would find out afterwards that the duo have performed together at a movie wrap up party, or whatever. It’s been a gruelling task to stay optimistic that we would ever see them perform live together. Jeff has always told us it could happen, and Will wants to. But with Will not taking music seriously for the past 10 years even the most hopeful of fans had given up. A 31 year old Man wakes up one morning, still a regular visitor to said JJFP fan site. He sees Will has returned with a verse on a Columbian dance track. The site is buzzing. Nobody expected this. Soon after Will is interviewed by music journeyman Zane Lowe. Will drops a bomb shell about being focused on music and……..Touring with Jazzy Jeff next summer. This 31 year old is shot back to a teenager instantly. The idea of me being able to be there in a crowd rapping along to one of my all time favourite artists and seeing Jeff back him up on the wheels is still something that hasn’t quite hit me fully. Something i had written off ever happening a decade ago, will happen and i will be there amongst friends and fellow fans. I don’t think Will is aware just how much demand there has been for this over the years. I happen to be seeing Jeff live again this very evening. Words of excitement are due to be shared. He has been a driving force in Will’s ear that this is something that can be very special for a lot of people. Me being one of them.
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS - Too Late
Simply Christopher (2015)
Another 90's legend returns. If you remember the R&B singer who was formally on Uptown Records (then Giant), you can peep the new song at the link above.
Totally. Just take my money, take all of it, I'm in 100%.
Ive been properly thinking about this tour and it's really crazy. This is Wills first proper tour ever, and he's 47. Just a few years ago we thought he was totally done with music (apart from AJ, he never gave up hope haha). I was just pleading for one song, anything. But a full tour for the first time ever, one of the biggest movie stars ever is touring. I still can't believe it, we are so so lucky. 2016 could be the biggest year ever for us JJFP fans. I would say we've been patient these last 10 years but we haven't really haha, but this is so worth the wait.
Wow!! This came out of nowhere! Love the way it sounds... Could become huge in clubs. It's not a real hip hop song but it will do for now.
Couldn't help but smile during the entire song. It's great to hear him rap again!
Hey all. So i just got back home from seeing Jeff and Dayne at the Jazz Cafe last night. The crowd was electric as was Jeff's set. I; gonna put up a couple of videos later of how Dayne is being incorporated in. For the most part he lets Jeff do his ting which is great but Jeff also give Dayne time to get up and show the world what he's about.
Anyway i got to chat with both of them for a solid half hour after the show. Jeff was telling me about how Will has been showing Jeff a lot of stuff he's recorded / written and Jeff is impressed with it. Jeff is more confident now than ever before that now is the right time for Will's return. Jeff's adamant on finding making the right music for this. He's been telling Will he doesn't need a hit single. They spoke about how they're not in it for fame and money but for the love. Will seems focused at the moment. Let's hope shooting Suicide Squad doesn't take him away from the game plan too much.
Also, expect Dayne and Jeff's full length album to drop in July. You won't be dissapointed. Speaking to Dayne you can see why him and Jeff has the chemistry that maybe others Jeff has worked with haven't quite worked out. The two of them together are making magic. Dayne was telling me how in awe he was of Jeff and Will doing the show in Toronto the other week and how the on stage chemistry is for them. Dayne is a humble guy who is just happy to be learning all of this and taking in the experiences.