David Corio

Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

Holiday Inn, Swiss Cottage, London, UK
(October 21, 1986)

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.

Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince