DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, new jack swing

Years active



Word-Up, Jive

Past members

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was an American hip hop group from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rapper The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) met DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeff Townes) while trying to make a name for himself in West Philadelphia's local hip hop scene. After linking up with Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes), the group members became local celebrities. Holmes left the group in 1990.

The group received the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand", but their most successful single was "Summertime" which earned the group their second Grammy and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Will Smith and Jeff Townes are still friends and claim that they never split, having continued collaborating together and releasing songs under Smith's solo performer credit. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince have sold over 5.5 million albums in the United States alone.


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