This weekend you can pull up at the Break the Monotony Block Party on May 9 and celebrate the music, style, and community of The Fresh Prince.
The virtual event will feature 60-minute live sets from several of the biggest DJs in the world (across all genres), including DJ D-Nice, Just Blaze, DJ Clark Kent, Bryan-Michael Cox, Neil Armstrong, Crespo, Dede Lovelace, Four Color Zack, Noodles, Mick, Pope, Craze, Venus X, DJ Puffy, Kayper, Bash, Andrea Vandall and a headlining set by DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The block party name is inspired by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s lyrics from the 1991 smash single “Summertime.”
DJ Jazzy Jeff’s MC – Dayne Jordan – will host the block party via Instagram while each DJ goes live from their individual IG handles, plays music, and pays homage to the Fresh Prince. During the event, some DJs will spin at the same time giving a true festival-like experience.
As a part of the yearlong 30th-anniversary celebration of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air Athletics is launching a new limited-edition collection – “Fresh Prince / Summertime.” The collection will be available at the newly-launched Fresh Prince online store (www.freshprince.com). The 10+ piece unisex collection is inspired by The Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, and his starring role in the iconic program as well as his Grammy Award-winning music catalog with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
As part of the “Break the Monotony Block Party,” a percentage of sales from the new collection’s sales on May 9 will be donated to No Kid Hungry, which is helping provide consistent access to healthy meals for vulnerable children who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures
“It’s humbling to see how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and our music has transcended time and continued to shape pop culture,” said DJ Jazzy Jeff, who collaborated on the development of the new capsule. “Between this new collection and the block party, I hope we can come together during these trying times, celebrate culture, put smiles on people’s faces and raise money for an important cause.”
Visit www.freshprincestore.com and follow @freshprince to stay up to date with all things Fresh Prince.
The full “Break the Monotony Block Party” set schedule can be found below:
|Start Time||End Time||Artist Name||Instagram Handle|
|12 pm ET||1 pm ET||Neil Armstrong||@djneilarmstrong|
|1 pm ET||2 pm ET||Kayper||@kayperofficial|
|2 pm ET||3 pm ET||Mick||@mick|
|3 pm ET||4 pm ET||DJ Jazzy Jeff||@djjazzyjeff|
|4 pm ET||5 pm ET||Craze||@crazearoni|
|5 pm ET||6 pm ET||Andrea Vandall||@andreavandall|
|5:30 pm ET||6:30 pm ET||Just Blaze||@justblaze|
|6 pm ET||7 pm ET||Bash||@bashdj|
|6:30 pm ET||7:30 pm ET||Venus X||@venusx|
|7 pm ET||8 pm ET||Pope||@djpope|
|7:30 pm ET||8:30 pm ET||Crespo||@crespothedj|
|8 pm ET||9 pm ET||DJ Puffy||@deejaypuffy|
|8:30 pm ET||9:30 pm ET||Four Color Zack||@fourcolorzack|
|9 pm ET||10 pm ET||Dede Lovelace||@dedelovelace|
|9:30 pm ET||10:30 pm ET||Bryan-Michael Cox||@bryanmichaelcox|
|10 pm ET||11 pm ET||DJ Clark Kent||@djclarkkent|
|10:30 pm ET||11:30 pm ET||Noodles||@noodz|
|11 pm ET||midnight||DJ D-Nice||@dnice|
Will Smith is in-arguably one of Hollywood’s most successful actors. The Fresh Prince has made his way to be one of America’s favorite black dads on social media. From his fun adventures and dance challenges on social media to his intellectual discussions on the Red Table Talk with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith fans can all agree that they wanted to see more of Smith’s charming personality.
As if their request has been heard, in a snap of a finger the Hollywood actor has launched his own Snapchat series titled, Will at Home. Which comes in during the right time, being that everyone has been practicing social distancing during quarantine season. Speaking of Fresh Prince, Will has reunited the cast of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air over a zoom call. The virtual reunion included Karyn Parsons, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Joseph Marcel, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. This reunion marks the first time that the cast has been seen together since the show ended in 1996. The cast revisited old footage of the show and discussed DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Coronavirus scare.
The reunion isn’t over yet, part two of the reunion will air Thursday at 6 AM Eastern Time on Snapchat’s discover page, which will include a special tribute to the late James Avery, aka Uncle Phil.
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Many in the Hip-Hop community were worried about the well-being of DJ Jazzy Jeff as they heard he was suffering from coronavirus. In his first interview since recovery from the virus, Jeff told talk show host Tamron Hall about his battle.
The world-famous DJ stated he begin to fill ill after an Idaho skiing trip and the conditions hit him while in a store.
“When my wife and I were at the store, I looked at her and told her I didn’t feel well. And she was asking what was wrong, and I said ‘I feel a little achy, like I’m coming down with something,’” Jeff said.
From there the symptoms would escalate, however, he was unable to get the proper testing.
“I literally went home and got into bed and almost don’t remember the next 11 days after that…When we finally were able to go to the doctor, they wouldn’t test me for COVID-19, they gave me a flu test and then gave me an x-ray on my lungs and said I had pneumonia in both of my lungs, which terrified me to death,” he added.
You can see the full interview below.
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On this date in 1965, Jeffrey Townes, better known to Hip Hop and television fans as “Jazzy Jeff” was born in the City of Brother Love and has become one of the best to ever place their hands on a pair of Technics 1200s.
Originally known as the DJ for rapper/actor The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith, Jeff’s claim to fame was his seemingly innate ability to play the wheels of steel like instruments, popularizing the “transformer” style scratching sound which was mimicked by many DJs who succeeded and proceded him. The two-time Grammy Award winner later became an established producer, sitting behind the boards for artists like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, The Roots, Floetry and many more. Just last year, Jazz worked on the Straight Outta Compton film, doing scratch overdubs for the classic flick.
Happy born day and salute to one of the pioneers of the 1s and 2s of Hip Hop culture!
Rap veteran DJ Jazzy Jeff is dealing with a tough loss. The hip-hop producer has announced the unexpected passing of his sister and revealed just how much of a positive impact she played on his life.
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Next year, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 years old. It’s been nearly three decades since Will Smith introduced America to a fictionalized version of himself, playing a West Philadelphia-native who gets relocated to Bel Air, California to stay out of trouble and live with his extended family. During the show’s six-season run, audiences laughed, cried, and fell in love with characters like Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton Banks,” and James Avery as “Uncle Phil.” Although it is now 2019, the sitcom’s influence, humor, and style still bleed throughout most mass media. However, one fan-made film begs the question: If The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were to debut in today’s climate, how would that feel? Sun Squared Media steps up to the plate to answer, as writer, director, and cinematographer Morgan Cooper, along with actor Jerry Madison who plays “Will Smith,” re-imagines the sitcom as a gritty, mature comedy-drama simply titled Bel-Air. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Vintage Freestyle Is An MC & DJ Hallmark (Audio) Cinematic music choice aside, this Bel-Air re-imagining captures a direction and tone similar to FX’ Atlanta. After a scuffle on the basketball court, “Will” gets caught with a gun by the local police, and is sent to live in Bel Air with his “Uncle Phil” to clean up and stay out of trouble. Viewers are given a glimpse of newness as “Will’s” character stands outside the mansion gates, coolly wearing a “What Would Meek Do?” hoodie. We’re introduced to all sorts of drama, showing scenes with “Carlton,” a supportive “Aunt Vivian,” and a slick “Jazz,” who meets our main character at a record store. Fan-made film or not, a gritty Bel-Air reboot might have something we’ve needed for a long time.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s 1988 sophomore, the He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper double album is iconic for many reasons, but one of them may have been forgotten during the commotion of the project’s success. “A Nightmare On My Street” is one of the most memorable Hip-Hop adaptations of the 1984 film A Nightmare On Elm Street and heads should certainly remember when the Jive/Zomba Records single dropped. The thing is, it had a video component to it. It just never saw the light of day, until now.
Originally, the visual was recorded and edited but it was never officially sanctioned by New Line Cinemas, the film’s franchise owner. Instead, the company went with the Fat Boys’ “Are You Ready For Freddy?” for A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, so Jazzy and Fresh’s rendition was deaded by a lawsuit. The information is comprehensively broken down in Brian Coleman’s Check The Technique, Vol. 2 book. In a recent interview with The Boombox, Jazzy Jeff explained further what happened with the video.
“No one’s ever seen that video; we got sued for ‘Nightmare…’ We put out ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand,’ and that really blew up, and the next song we were coming out with was ‘Nightmare,’ and before ‘Nightmare’ came out, we got sued by New Line Cinema,” he explained.
“Like to this day, I don’t know… I had a copy of the video, and I had an old girlfriend that taped soap operas over it,” Jeff continued. “Will had a copy of the video and gave it to his dad, and his dad lost it, but I don’t know anyone who has that video. That video is not online, that video is… like, it may be 20 people in the world that seen that video.”
Rolling Stone previously reported that the video was run on MTV a few times. However, it was reportedly pulled right afterward and lost. Luckily, someone dubbed it to VHS, and it’s now on YouTube via a user named “Nancy Thompson,” the name of the main character in the first film, however unlikely to be the actual person who uploaded it. The film isn’t perfect, but 30 years later, this is a fitting walk-back in time that’s fitting for Halloween week.
Earlier this year, Jeff teamed with MICK for their ninth and latest Summertime mixtape. Meanwhile, his M3 (The Magnificent 3) is available for full stream on Ambrosia For Heads.
Any Fresh Prince fan would be delighted to see this never-before-seen music video for “Nightmare on My Street,” which surfaced the web just in time for Halloween.
Apparently the dynamic duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, aka Will Smith, recorded a video for the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but it never saw the light of day. The track was intended to be featured on the soundtrack for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but New Line Cinema ditched the song.
An anonymous account by “Nancy Thompson” uploaded the video to YouTube on October 22, 2018. The six-minute video is in pretty rough shape, considering that it was recorded in 1988, but it’s definitely worth viewing.
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