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DJ Jazzy Jeff is best known as former sidekick to Will Smith, who was known as the Fresh Prince back during their rapping days. In a recent interview with Esquire, Jazzy Jeff remembered what it was like making the song “Summertime” as well as how radio host Tom Joyner reacted when he told the Fly Jock about his upcoming song.
Jazzy Jeff explained: “I walked up to him and said, ‘Hey, man,’ and he said, ‘Oh, hey, how you guys doing?’ I said, ‘We got a record that I think is going to be really good in the summer. Just a really good record.”‘And I remember him looking me in my face and I got that sad artist look from him. Kinda like “Everybody says that.” You don’t pay attention if everybody says that. And I was that guy to him. He was like, “Oh, man, that’s great, I can’t wait to hear it.” And he walked away. I was like, “Wow, I just really got that look.”
Years later, Jazzy Jeff says Joyner apologized to him for that look.
The irony of going on the promo tour — we went to Chicago when “Summertime” was really starting to heat up. And he said on the radio, ‘I remember seeing you.’ I said, ‘You gave me that look.’ He apologized on the radio and told the whole story,” recalled the DJ.
He says he knew they had a hit when everyone began playing their song.
“How you know that anthem is when you’re driving down the street, and every car coming by you is playing that record. It becomes the cliche. “I’m at the BBQ and this is the record the DJ has to play five times,” he explained.