DJ “Jazzy Jeff” Townes was born in West Philadelphia and developed a love of music at an early age. Jeff was just 10 years old when he started spinning records at parties using his family’s basement as a training ground for his expert mixing. Since 1985, DJ Jazzy Jeff has wowed us with his flawless turntable skills, innovative production and musical versatility. From the success of “DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince” with partner Will Smith, to the critical acclaim of his production company “A Touch of Jazz”, Jeff proved time and time again that he would always be a force to be reckoned with. And he continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does. Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and nominations. But he is a humble man who is still doing it as his 2002 hit said: “For Da Love of Da Game.”
In upcoming weeks we will present some of his productions.
Next one on the list is:
DJ JAZZY JEFF FEAT. WILL SMITH – SUMMERTIME
Song was released in 1991, as a lead single for their fourth album HOMEBASE. Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff got Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1992 Grammy Awards. It spent a week at number #1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart,as well as reaching #4 on the Billboard. It also became the duo’s first single to enter the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #8.
It contains samples from:
KOOL & THE GANG – SUMMERTIME MADNESS
JAMES BROWN – FUNKY PRESIDENT
It was sampled in numerous songs, here are just few:
PETER ROSENBERG FEAT. THE KID DAYTONA – SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY
LUDACRIS – TWO MILES A HOUR
WILL SMITH – GETTIN JIGGY WITH IT