Before he became, for a while there, one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Will Smith made a couple of the best rap albums of the late ’80s and early ’90s with his partner, the great Philadelphia DJ Jazzy Jeff. (Seriously, if all you know is the singles, take a listen to side two of He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper sometime. They were killing.) The duo was so good that I remember being really pissed off when Smith resurrected his rapping career, circa-Men In Black, and didn’t bring back the Fresh Prince name. Well, we’re seeing signs that the Fresh Prince will be returning. At a Las Vegas pool party this summer, Smith and Jazzy Jeff reunited for long enough to perform “Summertime.” And last week, Smith released his first rap track in a decade, going in (and cussing!) over Bomba Estereo’s cheesy global-dance track “Fiesta.” And today, he appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show, teasing the idea that he and Jeff could get back together for a tour and an album next year. Smith says he’s “pretty certain” that it’s happening and that they’ve never actually toured full-on together before. Below, watch Smith and Lowe talking and hear the “Fiesta” remix.
I would absolutely pay money to see DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince in 2016.