It was reunion night on Thursday night as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, a.k.a. Will Smith, joined up on stage. They did this as part of the Grammy Awards celebration in Los Angeles. This was the first time in years that fans saw the two guys together, TMZ reports.
They got together and performed a number of their different hits. They include Brand New Funk, Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, and Summertime. The show took place at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, Calif. It was part of the Questlove-co-produced Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop.
Will Smith reportedly was taping Bad Boys 4 when Quest tried getting him for the Grammys’ celebration of hip hop’s milestone birthday during the award show back in February. But this time, his hometown brethren pulled through this time around.
Smith, embodying The Fresh Prince look to a T, was decked out in a Philadelphia Phillies jumpsuit. He did let his world-famous DJ showcase his skills on the wheels of steel — much to all the rappers’ delight in the audience.
Flavor Flav Surprises Will Smith On Stage
Meanwhile, Flavor Flav was not able to contain his excitement and surprised Will Smith on stage with a bear hug. Flav did this while Smith was finishing up his Summertime performance. He was soon followed on stage by DJ D-Nice, Chance The Rapper, and other hip-hop superstars.
Smith and Jazzy Jeff won the first Grammy presented for Best Rap Performance with 1988’s Parents Don’t Understand and were also the first hip hop act to perform at the awards.
This special is set to air on Paramount+ in December. It also will feature Queen Latifah, E-40, Rakim, Latto, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Too Short, Remy Ma, YG, GloRilla, Gunna, and others.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Boosie Badazz tipped the organization off. He said that he, Jeezy, and T.I. performed a set dedicated to the southern hip hop they helped pioneer. LL Cool J is also among the special’s numerous executive producers.
DJ Jazzy Jeff Offered Up Thoughts On TV Show
Back in 2020, DJ Jazzy Jeff, whose real name is Jeffrey A. Townes, offered up some thoughts about working with Smith and the NBC hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
When asked if he was surprised at how relevant the show still was at that time, Jeff said to KERA, “I grew up with my favorite TV shows, and at a point in time, they just kind of faded away. So for 30-something years, I’m wondering, ‘Is this the year “Fresh Prince” is going to fade away?’ Not because you want it to, but because of the natural laws of things. For this show to jump from one generation to another — there are fans who weren’t even born when the show came on. You can’t plan that.”
Asked about his memories from the show, Jeff said, “We were family. We all hung out in each other’s dressing room and laughed and joked. James Avery, rest in peace, he was a humongous jazz head. He would give me CDs every week. He was the one who would tell me about traveling. So to have that type of relationship, especially with me being the person who was the most non-traditional actor on that show, I felt extremely comfortable.”
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