“DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes was born in West Philadelphia in a very musical household and developed a love of music at an early age. Jeff was just 10 years old when he started spinning records at parties using his family’s basement as a training ground for his expert mixing. Soon after, he began doing shows on the block party/ballroom circuit in West Philadelphia. It was through these shows that he quickly built a reputation, which had him spinning all over his hometown. Jeff rolled with many crews and emcees around Philly but it was 1985 when he met Will Smith on the house party circuit. Jeff’s regular MC was away so Will stepped to the mic and the chemistry was instant. DJ JAZZYJEFFANDTHEFRESHPRINCE were born and the rest is history. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince released 5 albums in 7 years, sold 14 million records together, and won 2 Grammy and 3 American Music Awards.
Soon after, Jeff began pursuing solo projects and production work for superstar artists including Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dave Hollister, City High, Floetry, and Lil Kim. In 2004 Jazzy Jeff released his first official mix CD, “Hip Hop Forever II” for BBE. The album showcased Jeff’s trademark mixing skills and many underground and overlooked hip-hop classics. In 2005 Jeff continued his 20-year collaboration with Will Smith working on Will’s fourth solo release “Lost & Found.” The album features production and scratches from Jazzy Jeff. Jeff & Will have also been back performing together again at various shows and premieres. Jeff also began working on his second solo album, “The Return of the Magnificent” available now in stores and online, featuring collaborations with Method Man, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, and Rhymefest. In the last few years Jazzy Jeff has collaborated on with DJ AM on various occasions along with being one of the primary DJs for Activision’s new DJ Hero game. Jazzy Jeff continues to represent the DJ throughout his records, mix tapes, and live shows performing sold out DJ sets at the hottest clubs in the world.
VTech Radio Presents DJ Jazzy Jeff Live at Mighty San Francisco on January 21st, 2011.
We are already in the mix of things as we get into a fresh new year over here at Om Records. As most of you by now know, we are very excited to be bringing you the new album in 5 years from Grammy award winning Dirty Vegas. Scheduled for a release in April, we have a few singles to whet your appetite. The first, titled “Electric Love” is getting released next week (1/11) and some of the remixes have already been making their way onto the internet. We are happy to spread the love on these so grab these freebies before release date..FORFREE!
The first is the remix from deep house maestros, Runaway (Let’s Play House, DFA) which was featured as RCRD of the DAY on RCRDLBL! Great way to bring in the New Year if you ask me. Check it out below:
The next is the party jumping remix from Cassette Club (Kitsune). Our friends over at WeLikeitIndie posted the mix plus another blast from the past. Look out for more from Dirty Vegas and WeLikeitIndie soon! But for now, check it out HERE.
The full single is out on January 11th. Click here to pre-order from iTunes and if you have not already, click HERE to download the original, also for FREE!
Posted by: James Stair on January 3, 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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