DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper” Anniversary Album Review

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper” Album Anniversary

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released their second studio album “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper” on March 29 1988.  The album was produced by Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and is the first every double album in Hip Hop History.  It is the duos best album sales-wise.

The first track off the double album is “Nightmare On My Street” that was supposed to be included in the Wes Craven flick (part 4).  The song was cool but as far as bumpin it hard all day long, this was not the track.

“Here We Go Again” starts where “A Touch of Jazz” left off with that crazy dope Bob James “Westchester Lady” sample.

“A lot of people may not have bought the last album
Yo Jeff, straight up, we can’t allow them
To go out like that, our music is too def
We produce hit records right and left
Daytime, nighttime, def beat, def rhyme
Chorus line, bass drum, snare drum, bassline
All of this makes our records rock til the party’s end..
.. here we go again!”

Then “Brand New Funk” comes on!  BAM!!!  This is the cut!  Backed up by a Donald Byrd and James Brown sample, Jazzy Jeff cuts it up like a chef while Fresh Prince goes to work on the lyrics like:

“You shoulda seen the people dancin and shakin and movin and jumpin
And spinnin and clappin, while the beatboxin was groovin
And screamin and yellin while on the microphone I was flowin
Fresh rhymes I was showin, the people say, “Yo keep goin”
So I continued to rock, while Jeff was on the beatbox
Special assistance from my homeboy Ready Rock
People barged just to get up front
To get a bird’s eye view of what we call the brand new funk”

“As We Go” samples the Honeydrippers “Impeach The President” and again Fresh Prince’s flow fits perfectly with the uptempo beat.  The Slick Rick sample don’t disappoint either.

“Throw away them jams, cause you don’t need em anymore
Cause this hip-hop hit, is gonna keep you on the floor
If you dance everyday or if you never danced before
It doesn’t matter if it’s {“somethin like this”}
Time is essential, so let’s make the best of it
Today we don’t have a lot of time, so let’s not throw it all away
Let’s use this time in a very special way”

Then we get to the Grammy-winning track “Parents Just Don’t Understand”.  The track was funny and “cute” at the time, but as time goes by, it becomes a bit on the obnoxious side.  The one thing we can’t argue is what it did for Hip Hop.  It made it cross over to a bunch of kids who had never heard Hip Hop and fell in love with it with this track.  As we all know it’s all about a kid that makes mistakes and then asks why “parents just don’t understand”.

The second album is more of a spotlight to the great and incredible Jazzy Jeff.  He has a couple of solos that include a live performance at Union Square in 86 where he transforms like a Decepticon!

“Jazzy’s In The House” and “DJ on the Wheels” both showcase Jazzy’s incredible skills on the wheels of steel.  The album is well balanced and has some great production and of course scratches and cuts that only Jazzy Jeff can produced.  This album (in many people’s eyes and ears) is the best that these guys have to offer and if you’ve forgotten what they sound like, and think all their songs sound like the intro to their sitcom, pop this cd in and “Pump Up The Bass”.

-Al E.

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