“Seasoned hip-hop fans of a certain age will remember Jazzy Jeff as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, a rap duo that began in the late ’80s before Will Smith went solo and became a movie star.

The pair had massive hits, performing on the Grammys when rap was still considered a tolerable fad. Their songs weren’t the most politically charged, but in an era where Public Enemy was on the radio, they kept their heads above water by offering fun, lighthearted tracks.

The two understood their place and never attempted to provoke political discourse in ways, for example, Boogie Down Productions did. But songs like “Summertime” or “Parents Just Don’t Understand” were fun and memorable, proving that they did what’s perhaps the hardest thing for any pop artist to do—be consistently catchy.

He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper was the twosome’s first record, debuting in 1988. It was an outing of simple beats and even simpler rhymes about girls, parents, sports fantasies and relatable, everyday misadventures. It’s a time Jeff remembers well, as he prepares to bring his renowned DJ chops March 7 to San Jose’s Myth nightclub.

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 DJ Jazzy Jeff

Fri, March 7
Myth, San Jose
Opening sets by DJ Goldenchyld and G Wrex of The Bangerz

By David MA, Metro Active