DJ Jazzy Jeff is working on a solo album at home in Philadelphia that intends to include such notable collaborators as Eminem, King Britt, The Roots, De La Soul, Common and Jeff’s original partner, Will Smith, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper reports that the record will feature Jeff’s turntable, sampling and production skills.
Jeff, a.k.a. Jeff Townes, and Smith were best known as the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince producing albums like their 1988 pop crossover hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand” before the latter went on to fame and fortune as a TV star and solo artist. Jeff joined Smith on TV in the early days of the French Prince of Bel Air sitcom.
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were reunited for a live performance a few months ago in London, revisiting their roots with just two turntables and a microphone. Jeff says that he’s now hoping to convince Smith to join him on the road for a tour. “He’s got the bug, so we’ll see,” says Jeff.