Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
Their first single ‘Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble’ had just been released and this was the first time DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince had been to London. Compared to the other hip hop acts I had met these two were so fresh-faced and young, performing light-hearted raps that I didn’t think they would be tough enough to be a success. Fresh Prince, better known these days by his real name Will Smith, had only graduated from school a few weeks earlier. Within a few years their single ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ would be the first rap record to receive a Grammy, followed up with a second for ‘Summertime’. After peaking with 5.5 million record sales in the US their careers started to wane.
Jazzy Jeff continues to produce and make music as a solo artist. After Will Smith was cast in the lead role in the incredibly successful TV comedy series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, he became a household name, overtaking Bill Cosby in popularity with the younger audiences and his films have grossed over $5 billion to date.