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  1. In 1996, at the dawn of the Internet a young teenager from Australia created a web site about his favourite rap group. Looking back now, 20 years later, I could never have imagined how much this site would impact on my life. Let me paint the picture of 1996. I’m 16, in high school, and my favourite group is Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. The first album I ever bought was Homebase. I still vividly remember putting in the CD and being blown away by the Fresh Prince killing it on, “I’m All That”. I was a huge fan, at the time gangsta rap was massive, my friends listened to 2PAC, Biggie, Snoop and Dr Dre. I got into many arguments defending Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. I was a true believer and if you had their albums you knew how they represented the very essence of hip hop. Everyone who mocked Will I responded by giving them a cd, or a mixtape I made of the best of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. All the quality hip hop, Brand New Funk, I’m All That, Something like Dis, Jeff Waz on the Beat Box. Most admitted after listening that yep, Will could rap! In my art class, I took over the tape deck and played Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. My best friend was the school captain, so I gave him my JJFP mixtape, he’d go to reception and play it over the loud speakers. In this quadrangle of an all boys catholic school, Code Red, the track, was playing and Australian kids in blazers and ties were getting down to it! So how did the web site start? Well back in 1996, the Internet was not that well known. My dad was a professor at a university, so the first contact I had with the Internet was the computer in his office. So if you understood how big a JJFP fan I was, yes I’d read over liner notes religiously while I listened to their albums, when I first used the internet what did I do? Well I went to something called Magellan (there was no Google back then) and I did a search for Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. There were no web sites about them back then. The only thing I found was a site called CDNOW, where you could buy CD’s and I was able to listen to snippets of Code Red. I thought this was very cool. So one day my brother had bought the latest version of Microsoft Word, Word 97. This was released in November 1996. So I opened it and was playing around and realised that for the first time you could create a web site within Word. This seemed really cool to me so I started messing around with it. So what web site did I create? Well one about my favourite group of course. I had From Da South playing on my brothers CD Stereo on repeat and I started to layout the web site. You also have to understand that in 1996 there was no hope of Will ever releasing another rap record. He had pretty much said in interviews he was disillusioned with gangsta rap and he just didn’t feel there was a space for him anymore. Also you hadn’t heard from Jeff in a long time so I didn’t even know what he was up to. So this web site was basically looking back on the career of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince and chronicling their 5 albums in 7 years from 1986-1993. So I wrote something on each album and after a week or so I had a web site. It was one page but it was a web site and I uploaded it to my brother’s web account on the internet which was something like netspace.com/matpr. I remember I put a counter on the web page, one of those old school black and white web counters. After about a month the web site had hit 100 views. 100 views, wow I thought, that is so cool.  Then something amazing happened. I was listening to the #1 hip hop/rnb radio show in Melbourne and they said next week we have Will Smith’s new single. Yeah you listened to the radio back then. I couldn’t believe it. I tuned in and for the first time I heard Men In Black. Will had actually returned to rap! Not only that but ‘Men in Black’ became one of the biggest rap singles of all time. With Will back in the game I slowly started to build the web site. By 1998 the web site had expanded from one page to multiple pages and included lyrics, album reviews, a discography, biography and even a guestbook. I listened to the JJFP tracks and wrote the lyrics out myself. I knew the mistakes I made doing this so when I saw my lyrics on other web sites I knew they had stolen them from me (even though some still tried to deny it). As we got to 1999 I updated the site again, more interviews, biographies and reviews and plenty of information on Willennium. By this time the forum had started to grow and the community was starting to build. In 2001, my brother, a graphic designer completely redesigned the web site for me. Now it looked good and the content had built to something impressive. I now had over 300 pages of information on Will and Jeff covering their career from music to television and movies. In 2002, Stacey from squarebiz in Philly showed Jeff the site. How did she see the site? I think it was because I was a member on the roots okayplayer forums and I had the web site in my signature. Jeff actually left a message on the guestbook for me to contact Irize at A Touch of Jazz because he was working on his web site. So with this message from Jeff I rang Irize. When I told her she had no idea what I was talking about but I left my phone number with her. I still remember ringing A Touch of Jazz and being happy to be on hold because they played “So Fresh.” In 2002 I got to see Jeff DJ for the first time in Australia. He came out with Pauly Yams and Vee who largely let Jeff do his thing, he played vinyl and rocked it for more than 3 hours. It was an amazing set and still remains one of my favourites. Since then I have seen Jeff DJ over 20 times. Every time I count my blessings and think of how lucky I am to see Jeff do his thing. It's always interesting to see the different sets, different audiences and the way the crowd reacts to the music. It's a great feeling to view everything from the stage so I can understand why so many people want to be DJ's. It also highlights to me that no matter how the technology advances the ability to select tracks and mix them together can only be done by a great music lover and DJ.  In 2004, at the last minute Will invited Jeff to come to the ‘I, Robot’ premiere in Sydney and Will was going to perform. Jeff had just done a show in Spain and flew 30 hours straight to get to Sydney. Jeff invited me to come along. Jeff’s manager picked me up and we went up to Will’s hotel room. Outside the window was an amazing view of the Sydney Opera House. I had no idea what I walked into though. Jeff was playing a beat, which sampled the Spiderman theme and Will had his pad out and was writing a rap. When we were talking Jeff mentioned the track “Impeach the President.” Suddenly Will launched into “From Da South” off the top of his head. To see Will rap this rare b-side off the top of his head 12 years after he made it was amazing. The fact that I listened to that track on repeat when I created the Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince web site made it all the more perfect. Jeff said, “You remember that and you forget Men In Black?” Trademark humour from JJFP. It was pretty clear even though Will had become one of the biggest movie stars in the world he was still an emcee and still the Fresh Prince. You could tell how much he loved being a rapper. It still blows my mind that I was actually in the room when Will and Jeff were coming up with a track, it eventually became “Here He Comes” off the Lost & Found album. It’s a moment I will never forget. Later that night we went off to Fox Studios as Will and Jeff were performing at the ‘I, Robot’ premiere. As I carried Jeff’s records through the Sydney rain and the crowds to get up to the stage I couldn’t help but wonder how I had got here.  Jeff and Will were amazing live, the chemistry on stage undeniable. Their performance of Brand New Funk was as good a hip-hop performance that I have ever seen. As we walked through the crowds and being on the other side it was amazing to see everyone freak out when they saw Will and Jeff. Will and Jeff couldn’t have been nicer and posed for photos but it was an interesting insight into Will’s life. Everyone thinks it’s amazing to be famous but Will couldn’t even go to the shops with his son. He couldn’t go anywhere without bodyguards and it must force him to live a pretty insular life. When you reach that level of fame it definitely comes at a cost. Running the web site had given me some insight into what Will and Jeff had to deal with. As the web site had grown in popularity so had the constant flood of emails and requests. Everyone had a daughter who they wanted their music to be heard, or someone who needed help in the entertainment industry, or was someone who desperately needed to contact Will. It was crazy and gave me a brief glimpse into what their life would be like. I was completely overwhelmed by the constant requests and I guess in my own mind I wanted to make sure that I never asked Will & Jeff for anything because they get that enough. If everyone wants something from you, you have to truly wonder who your real friends are. As the forum on the site grew we went from being a group of fans, to a community, to a family. I remember one year I actually received a present from England from the guys on the forum. Wow, I thought, people from half way around the world had gone to the effort to surprise me for my birthday.  That's when I knew we had something special going on with the fans. I would see kids come onto the site when they were 12 and I would watch them grow up. Some people have even formed relationships from the site. By early 2005 the web site was getting over 80,000 unique visitors a month. To think I was happy when 100 people had visited the web site and now almost a million people were viewing it in a year. As fans we started a podcast which had over 200,000 downloads. Eventually I did help out Jeff with the official DJ Jazzy Jeff site. I got to write a completely new biography for him which I think addressed the misconceptions that were out in the community. Those that just knew Jeff from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and then hadn’t seen or heard from him presumed he had disappeared. Meanwhile he was one of the biggest DJ’s in the world doing over 200 shows across the globe. That biography I wrote showed up everywhere even in Activision’s DJ Hero Video game. I remember they had a display of the game in a store. You can select Jeff as a playable character and I watched someone do this in the store and then I got to see the words that I came up with appear on the screen which was an amazing feeling. During 2005 and 2006 I got to see the making of The Return of The Magnificent. How amazing when Jeff told me that Method Man had been to the studio. Or to hear some of the beats he was working on and then 12-18 months later hear the finished product. I could never imagined Raheem would have blessed My Soul is not 4 Sale so well. Or the amazing track Jeff would make with CL Smooth in “All I Know.” This was a fantastic album. The other amazing thing was Jeff thanked me in the liner notes. If I think back to listening to the JJFP cd's and reading all the liner notes and thankyou’s as I listened to the album and then I think of the crazy amount of people Jeff knows that was an amazing thing to see. In 2006, 2009 and 2011 I got to see Jeff perform at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Jeff normally did three or four shows during that week. During this time I was able to meet some other incredible people and DJ’s that remain my friends to this day. I also got to see Jeff with one of my best friends Coz who is a rap legend in his own right which was an amazing memory. In 2007 when I looked around and there were massive posters of Will on the side of buildings for I Am Legend, there were posters on bus stops and ads on TV. Then you go to a full cinema to see one of Will's movies and you realise, hey I made a web site for the biggest movie star in the world. jazzyjefffreshprince.com was never about that though it was always about Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, and the music and everything that came out of that. Often people didn't realise he'd done a TV show, or that he was a rapper first or that Jazz was a DJ. So the web site was always there to inform people of the history and the legacy no matter how huge a star Will became. In 2012, I travelled to London and for the first time and met Kev, Brakes & Julie from the forum in real life. We had lunch at my cousin’s restaurant and my cousin commented after how well we all got on and I said that was the first time we had ever met! We had been online friends for over 10 years but it completely transferred to real life. I also got to live out a shadow dream and see a Jazzy Jeff show with them all. After all these years that was an amazing experience. In 2013 I got to see a show with them again. This time Kev organised to do an interview with Jeff for the web site. Jeff spent his day off which he does not get many of when he tours Europe with us to do this. That was an amazing thing to do with his time, it was a great interview and we even went for a burger in Shoreditch after. So after 2005 and Lost and Found for 10 years there was no new music from Will. This was always essentially a music site but us loyal fans still turned up on the forum. Most were disillusioned that Will would never release another rap record, the only one who truly maintained the faith was AJ. AJ had been a member of the site since about 1998. We were the same age and have kind of grown up together maintaining our JJFP fandom over the years. Between us we managed to track down every rare b-side and Japan bonus track Will and Jeff ever did. When Will thinks he can’t put out music because he thinks people won’t love it I just think Will, come and talk to me. You have some of the most dedicated loyal fans, the most incredible people, who love what you do. They are crying out for you to release more music. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince fans are truly the best. The movie fans come and go but the music fans are connected to Will and feel much closer to who he is. The album’s give you an insight into Will as a person so that breeds a kind of fan that is loyal to the end. I think with the promise of new music and a world tour in 2016 it couldn’t be a better gift for those long-time fans who have been listening to Will and Jeff’s music all these years. As someone who started a web site that was really looking back at their career who could have imagined how amazing their careers would become in the 20 years after. It has been a true pleasure to track it. So when people talk about Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince they might think of Summertime, Parent’s Just Don’t Understand, Boom! Shake the Room or the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You mention Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince to me it reminds me of how good life is and how good it can be. It reminds me that anything is possible in this world. It reminds me to follow your dreams. It reminds me of some of the best memories of my life that I am so thankful for. All because some kid from Australia started a web site about his favourite rap group 20 years ago. Acknowledgements Matthew Price – The Site would not be possible without you. I know 7 kids and running your own business means there hasn’t been time to redesign the JJFP site but it wouldn’t have happened without you! Jason Jones (Hax) – whenever the site was down, hacked or something happened Hax was there to save the day, all while he was doing a tour of Iraq & Afghanistan for his country. Such a stand up guy! Thank you! AJ – My online JJFP potna! We were 18 when we started this journey and I feel like we’ve grown up all while maintaining that interest in JJFP. The London Crew (Kev, Brakes, Julie) - Family, friends, JJFP 4 Life!  
  2. 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.
  3. DJ Jazzy Jeff Talks New Album With Will Smith: 'The Timing Is Perfect' "He has never stopped rapping," says DJ of his partner BY JASON NEWMAN October 9, 2015  French Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Jazzy Jeff says "the timing is perfect" as he records a new album with Will Smith Kevin Mazur/Getty It's been 22 years since Will Smith (then known as the Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff released their fifth and ostensibly final album, Code Red. But unlike other pioneering groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Fugees, the group's end was not predicated on infighting or ego. Smith's acting bug became a full-on fever and Jazzy Jeff became an in-demand DJ who still performs more than 150 shows a year. The childhood friends have remained close, and their reunion, revealed by Smith in an interview with Apple Music earlier this week, was hiding in plain sight for years: Jeff regularly DJs the wrap parties for Smith's movies, with the rapper inevitably hopping on the mic to perform a medley of the duo's greatest hits. But this week, Smith announced the duo's reunion with plans for a new album and the first world tour of their career. The rapper told Zane Lowe he has recorded 20 to 30 songs — which may or may not appear on the album — but the duo are taking their time in recording new material. "Timelines are a thing of record companies," Jeff tells Rolling Stone. With Smith releasing his first verse in more than a decade last week, the prolific DJ spoke to Rolling Stone on the past, present and future of the pop-rap pioneers. Where are you in the recording process? Will's been recording. We had a really good conversation because he wants to get back in recording. One of the things that we talk about is going from all of these stupid, giant, million-dollar studios to now having the ability to record something in a hotel room. We laugh about the amount of material we would have put out if we had had those resources [in the Eighties and Nineties]. I want to just start recording to get him back into this space that there are no rules anymore! Every time we do an impromptu show, he's like, "Man, we can go out and we should go out." And I'm like, "I'm already out. I'm waiting for you!" Do you have a recording timetable yet? Not yet. I know just with the schedules, it will be in sections. It could be any time like, I'm home for two weeks and we're going to get together and do something. That could really start off with me sending him something and him recording it and then us getting together. But the only way that I will [record the finished track] is if we are in the studio together. That's how it's always been. I’m not worried about me at all. I think the beauty of it is that he started it, and he's ready to go.  "The beauty of it is that he started [recording], and he's ready to go." Was it always in the back of your mind while touring all these years that you guys would release another album? Let me put it like this: You don't retire from an art. This has always been inside of him and he's always wanted to do this. He has never stopped rapping. It's just that being the biggest movie star on the planet, you don't have enough time. There has never been a time that he didn't jump on my microphone when we're together, because that is in his blood. You think you're going to be around a basketball court with Michael Jordan and he is not going to shoot? That'll never happen! I’m just happy that he's at the point where he's like, "You know what? I really want to do this." And the whole idea is he realizes he wants to have fun. I can tell the level of enjoyment he has from doing it. So he performs and says, "This feels good. We should record." When did that go from general discussion to you both seriously considering an album? Every time we would get together, he would talk about, "Yeah, I'm thinking about it. I got a concept for a record." The last time we got together seriously was in the spring when he started Suicide Squad and I went up [to see him] and we talked for four hours. I just finished the Dayne Jordan project and I played it for him from beginning to end and he was just like, "Wow." And I just went on to tell him like, "Listen, I did this all by myself. This wasn't through a record label; we just went in and did it." And all of that is foreign because you almost felt like someone has to co-sign you to make music. If you got the talent, we got the studio and the resources and you don't need a record label. That's what this generation does that we've never done. Did Will think that the two of you would have to go label-hunting? No, no. It's not that he thought that. It's just he's never done it any other way. Before I did Dayne Jordan, neither had I. So I’m sitting back like, "I own a studio and I can make music." I got a videographer on the road and we started shooting videos, so we shot a video in Dubai. Who shoots a video in Dubai besides Jay Z and Kanye? This is exactly what you would do on a Sony and now you have the resources to do it by yourself. All I did was share that information with him, like, "Dude, you know what we can do now without any boundaries?" He mentioned having 20 to 30 songs recorded. How many of those were with you versus his solo stuff? We haven't even gone to the studio yet. He's done all of this while he was doing Suicide Squad. So we haven't gotten in to do the stuff that we are going to do, which is next level. One of the conversations that we had was just talking about jumping. You gotta jump. If Jaden goes into the studio and he hears something hot, he records it and puts it out in 24 hours. And from the perspectives of Will and myself, you're like, "What?" I said, "You know what? Just drop it." And he kept saying, "What does 'drop it' look like?" Classic Hip-Hop Format Rescuing Radio Stations » Will did a verse off of [Kanye West's] "Clique" when it first came out. He rapped it for me and it was huge. And I looked at him and said, "Why didn't you put that out?" And he just looked at me. I'm like, "Wait, you wrote an incredible verse off of a really popular song. That is what they do! Just drop it!" But he just sat on it.  In the Zane Lowe interview, he talked about being scared to record new music. Do you think it was fear? I don't think it was a fear thing. He was really trying to grasp the concept of just putting it out. You got something that is hot and great and that is it. I told him to just put it on SoundCloud and you could see the wheels turning like, "Oh ****, I can really do that?" That is a very hard concept. It's like they opened the gates to the prison and nobody ran. Everybody just stood there because you are used to be incarcerated that you're like, "I'm not going to run. What if something happens?"  Is it true this will be your first world tour together? Yeah, it's funny. When we were doing the Run-D.M.C. tour, we'd go to New York and Mobile, Alabama and do a lot of that stuff. When we got to the point of being bigger, it was during the Fresh Prince [of Bel-Air] years, so we couldn't really tour like that. We didn't have six months to just go all over the world. Has anything been solidified for the tour? I don't know. What I tell people is, "If Will says, 'Listen, we're going on tour,' we're going on tour." That’s my partner. Anytime he needs me, I'm there. If it's like, "Yo, we're out," we're out. Let me know so I can make some arrangements and we're gone. Rappers and producers are finding success at older ages now more than ever before. Do you think the climate is right for a new album after 23 years? The timing is perfect and it was just something that clicked. I think a lot of it is just the understanding of the space. You've got to look at it like, us, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J all came up together, and now everybody's in a different professional space, but your fanbase is still there. We are the first generation that's growing older with hip-hop. So think about it: We didn’t know how to handle that. You try to figure out: Is hip-hop the music of the youth? And it's like, yeah, it’s the music of the youth . . . when you’re young!  We didn’t have the media outlets that cater to a more adult demographic because we are the first. So now, you got Boom [classic hip-hop radio] stations and Sirius XM's BackSpin and everybody loves that. Now you got a station that plays Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" and "Raw," but they'll also play him if he makes something new. The outlet is finally catching up to the music. I keep saying, "Seriously, did you think Rakim lost it?" Rakim just didn't put out music because where would his music be played? There comes a time, and this is weird to say with us being hip-hop lovers, that you outgrow Hot 97.  Is it a chicken-and-egg scenario between recording the new album and booking a tour? Wouldn't one influence the other? It's not like we don't have material to do. When we go out and perform now, we don't do new material. Now, as you get to the point that you can add new stuff on, ah man, this is great. I just think it's the perfect time. Now there are no boundaries. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dj-jazzy-jeff-talks-new-album-with-will-smith-the-timing-is-perfect-20151009#ixzz3o4zErFae  Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook             http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dj-jazzy-jeff-talks-new-album-with-will-smith-the-timing-is-perfect-20151009    
  4. In case you haven't checked the store at DJ Jazzy Jeff's website in awhile, he has a few pressings of And In This Corner..., the instrumental album, pressed in 1989 for promotion of the album. It cost a good bit, but I had some some Christmas money to spend and had to seize the moment. Like all the vinyl on his website, he autographed it and personalized it. His crew was cool enough to include the Summertime: Volume 4 mixtape, Vinyl Destination stickers, and a coupon for my next purchase. Super hyped to give this a listen!
  5. BRIAMARIE "TELL THE DJ"

    BriaMarie is dropping a new single called "Tell The DJ." I'm not sure what the connection might be to Jeff, but the single's image has his face on it (in A Tribe Called Quest 'Midnight Marauder" way). BriaMarie works closely with Carvin Haggins, formally of A Touch of Jazz. In this short video, you get a taste of the music, which sounds great, but it doesn't exactly call for a DJ to be featured on it. Hopefully I'm wrong. She writes this about the song... Good Morning Beam Team! I pray that you're great this morning and your day is even better! You may or may not know that I LOVE good surprises, so today's surprise is...NEW MUSIC! :) After a little over a year, I am releasing a new single. "Tell The DJ" is the first single from my upcoming debut album entitled, Freshman. "Tell The DJ" will be available on iTunes, Amazon and more, next Tuesday, February 3rd. I'm very excited about this one. Think 90's Bad Boy with a California vibe. Eee! :D Click this link or the picture below for a short video of my music producer, Carvin Haggins talking a little about the project. ("Tell The DJ" also happens to be playing in the background :D) Have a great day! Love, BriaMarie
  6. Tickets are now available to a lot of the australian shows for the australian fans out there.. Melbourne, December 5th at the Prince Bandroom: http://princebandroom.oztix.com.au/?event=47443 Sydney, December 6th, boat party at Sydney Harbour, only a few tickets remain: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-soda-factory-boat/73487 Perth, December 6th, Cypress Hill & Jazzy Jeff in Perth: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=47365 it's a 6 hour flight from sydney to perth so they are really cramming the shows in to do one in sydney jump on a plane and then do a show in perth on the same day.. not sure if that's best for Jeff & the crew or the fans.. Anyway the melbourne venue is better than last year..better sound.. hopefully jeff gets a good turnout for these shows..
  7. MERNA (AYAH) - THE CALLING

    Merna (formally knows as Ayah from her work with DJ Jazzy Jeff) has a new album coming out in about a month. She should have somewhat of a following on his forum, so here are a few videos she put together to set the vibe for her upcoming album. You'll see a nod to Jeff in the third video. This is wear poetry meets life, meets soul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca_DtYPv-co http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYTzKVtV8jU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_vLJYfyFyQ
  8. Check out this video with Snoop Dogg and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) giving JJ+FP crazy props and talking about their impact during the 80's. They talk about them early in the video, but the whole thing is actually very interesting and funny.
  9. This is the full Jazzy Jeff Block Party Mix Tape straight from the archives. Jeff did this in 1993. This is his second best mixtape behind "The Vibe I'm On..." in my opinion.
  10. JAZZY JEFF + DAYNE JORDAN "ROOM TEST"

    Here's the first collabo Jazzy has released with Dayne Jordan. I know I've peeped this song somewhere before (he probably put it on Facebook or something). Not exactly what I'd expect from Jeff, but I like it. Something fresh, dope scratches, a refreshing beat, and a new school emcee who isn't relying on cussing/ho's/money/sex/self-centeredness.
  11. For the Australians out there. Jazzy Jeff is doing a show at the Espy this Friday. Tixs are $65 and available available from oztix: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=39254 Jeff's also doing a Pool Party at the Ivy in Sydney on the 14th. Final Release tickets for $40 are available from Moshtix: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/dj-jazzy-jeff-usa-pool-party/68450?&skin=
  12. Evolution is the long-anticipated new Slum Village album, featuring founding member T3 along with Young RJ and Illa J. Slum Village was founded in the early 90s by three childhood friends: Baatin, T3, and rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod. Even though the group has suffered many heartaches and member changes over the years, Slum Village always finds a way to reinvent its brand. The Evolution of Slum Village continues with a reinvigorated energy, as founding member T3 holds down the legacy along with the Grammy-nominated producer Young RJ as well as young prodigy Illa J at his side. Evolution also includes the talents and skills of Havoc(of Mobb Deep), Raheem Devaughn, Jazzy Jeff and Rapper Big Pooh, amongst others. TRACK LISTING 1. Braveheart (feat. Havoc (Mobb Deep)) 2. Rock Rock (feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff) 3. Let It Go (feat. Blu) 4. Forever 5. Scared Money (feat. Early Mac) 6. Summer Breeze 7. The Line (feat. Focus) 8. Hustle (feat. Vice / J Ivy) 9. Bout That (feat. Joetka) 10. 1 Nite (feat. Vice ) 11. Greatness (feat. Joetka) 12. Riot (feat. Rapper Big Pooh / Joe Scudda)
  13. http://www.jazzyjefffreshprince.com/blog/moonchild-be-free-jazzy-jeff-james-poyser-remix/ dopeness! love it
  14. If this has been posted before, just delete it. I've seen the other part of this interview before, but not this part... I've gone ahead an clumped all of the videos from this April interview together for those have haven't seen them before.
  15. This is Jeff's latest tweet... @djjazzyjeff215: London Touchdown!!!! JJFP Fo Life!!! AE There isn't a London premiere is there? Think they are performing on graham norton? Uk people get on it
  16. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince are going to perform for the troops in Fort Hood, Texas at a special After Earth screening. Nice!
  17. As the Fresh Prince of Bel Air performance rolls past 6 million views on YouTube I can't help but think...this is it. Since Lost and Found in 2005 it's been a desert wasteland for us Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince fans. No new music, no performances, and no sign that it would ever happen. Will didn't even do a movie for 4 years and he still didn't touch a mic. I know Will is pretty sensitive about his music, from his past performances he doesn't want to step out unless he has a lot of love, he doesn't want to fail. 2013 seems to be the perfect timing, all those fresh prince fans have grown up, had kids and now those kids are fans too. It's like there are two generations of fresh prince fans and that's a lot of love. Will still has it on the mic, there is no question. I think we may look back on this weekend in the future and say that was the turning point. The amazing response to Will & Jeff performing must surely show Will how much love there is for Will & Jeff, on a stage, and in a recording studio. Now is the time for JJFP to head back in the studio, record a new album, and do a world tour. I like most of you have grown pretty pessimistic over the years of this happening, but this graham norton performance and the response to it, is like a shot in the arm, that I think will inspire Will. The fresh prince, the emcee, is inside of him, it never left, and with Jeff by his side it is ready to be unleashed. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Forever!!!
  18. Off the back of the excitement of the JJFP fresh prince of bel air performance. Announce a Will Smith Jazzy Jeff concert at O2 Arena London. with special guest appearances from the cast of the fresh prince of bel air. It would sell out in 20 minutes. They could film it and make it a great blu-ray. I can see it man!
  19. Slum Village NEW ALBUM EVOLUTION IS DROPPIN ON JUNE 25, 2013, Evolution Marks THE Group’s 20th Anniversary And Features Appearances From Blu, Havoc, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Raheem Devaughn, Big Pooh & More. Evolution is the long-anticipated release coming on the heels of the mix tapes “Dirty Slums” and “Dirty Slums 2.” And new music from member T3 along with Young RJ and Illa J. Slum Village was founded in the early 90's by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3 and J Dilla (RIP) who all grew up together in Detroit, MI. the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod. In conjunction with their new release, Slum Village has also launched a Pledge Music campaign as a way to allow the fans to join the album-making process. There are various packages available http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/slum-village Slum Village will be touring worldwide in support of the release. Remaining tour dates below May 17 Manchester, UK, Sound Control May 18 Munster, Germany, Skaters Palace with Redman, ONYX, Masta Ace, RA The Rugged Man, Dynasty May 22, Munich, Germany, Import Export May 23 Milan, Italy, Biko Club May 24 Aarau, Switzerland, Kiff May 25 Brussels, Belgium, Brass June 14,Chicago, IL, Reggie’s July 24, Orlando, FL, Backbooth July 25, Tampa, FL, The Orpheum July 26 Miami, FL, The Stage
  20. Wow!!! What a beat!!! Can't say much for the rapping though..
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  22. Well this has worked out amazingly well. Jazzy Jeff is touring Europe from October 3-14. I'm going to be in the UK from October 5 for a month! October 3 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava October 4 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Mint Warehouse October 6 - Biel, Switzerland - Coupole October 7 - Belgium - Venue TBA October 9 - Middlesbrough, United Kingdom - Spensleys Emporium October 10 - Neuchatel, Switzerland – Venue TBA October 11 - Warwick, United Kingdom - Saint Bar October 12 - Berlin, Germany - Tube Station October 13 - Lugano, Switzerland - WKND October 14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Café Opera October 15 - London, United Kingdom - Jazz Cafe October 20 - Cape Town, South Africa - International Convention Centre