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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daily Boom 90's Nostalgia: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - 'Summertime'


"It's cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes
That moves romance, give me a soft, subtle mix
And if ain't broke then don't try to fix it

And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the base and let the alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme and put your car
On cruise and lay back 'cause this is summertime"

Here's a song that needs little introduction and it seems pretty perfect for the first official full weekend of summer. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Summertime" became an instant dance hit when it was released in May of 1991. Just like the lyrics say, it really was a break from the norm. "Summertime" came at a time when house music had truly invaded the clubs and if it wasn't your cup of tea then you were probably riding the Latin freestyle wave. Either way, this smooth groove was a welcome departure.

As a Philly kid, I loved that the video really did give a shout out to the places where we all hung out. It was a realistic ode to summer, complete with lawn chairs and Capri Sun. The industry appreciated "Summertime" just as much as the kids that grooved to it. In 1992, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince won a Grammy for this song!

25 years later this song feels pretty timeless. You just feel like it really is summer time while listening to it, don't you?

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