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  • Jeff Jazzy DJ

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DJ Jazzy Jeff (1965)

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Jeffrey Allen Townes , also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, is an American hip hop, R&B record producer, turntablist and actor. He is best known for his early career with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. DJ Jazzy Jeff attended John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, where he is enshrined in the school's "Wall of Fame."

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 career
Once he grew up, he developed a reputation and a following as a school and block party DJ. Jazzy Jeff was the feature of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He also won the world DJ championship in the 1986 New Music Seminar DJ Battle.

 Acting
When Smith branched out into television with the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jazzy Jeff played a recurring character named Jazz, Smith's best friend on the show. In the early season the two characters always greeted each other with their signature handshake (swinging mid-five, point-back/snap with both characters saying "Pssh!"). His trademarks included being physically ejected from the house by Uncle Phil .

 Music
As a duo, they had several gold and platinum-selling albums and singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, earning them the first rap Grammy Award ever presented in 1989 for Parents Just Don't Understand. One of the first records Jazzy Jeff ever apeared on was with The Korner Boyz "Bust The Move and The Soga of Roxanne) Which featured legendary Philly Rapper / MC Parry P and Grand Tone. The Instrumental was called "Jazzy Jeff Scratch"

After DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince broke up, Townes went on to become a prominent R&B, soul, and neo soul record producer, establishing the A Touch of Jazz production company in his native Philadelphia. Among the artists that Jazzy Jeff has helped develop are Jill Scott and Musiq. Even though he separated from Will Smith as a music partner, they are still friends, and still occasionally work together. Some songs by Smith were produced by Townes (including "Here He Comes"), and he has performed on some songs by Smith such as "So Fresh" and "Potnas." In addition, he appeared in several of Smith's music videos such as "Will2K," "Freakin' It," and "Party Starter." On some occasions, he made an appearances with Smith at live concerts, producing DJ scratches.

He, along with DJ Cash Money, is credited with making the transform scratch famous.

On July 2, 2005, DJ Jazzy Jeff performed with Smith at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia. Moreover, Smith acknowledges him in his music such as "Comin' To The Stage" from the album Lost & Found and "Potnas" in his album Willennium.

His 2007 release The Return of the Magnificent featured numerous collaborations with old school and new school artists including CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Pos from De La Soul, Method Man, Peedi Peedi , Rhymefest, and Raheem DeVaughn.

In 2007, he appeared with Rhymefest in a video directed by Konee Rok, in which he makes music in his home recording studio with Rhymefest.

In 2008, he performed with Smith at the premier of the latter's 2008 film Hancock.

In 2009, he made a mixtape titled He's the King...I'm the DJ in honor of the late entertainer Michael Jackson.

He was featured in the video game, DJ Hero, as a playable character. He also has some original mixes in the game.

He is currently making a mixtape with young rapper Mac Miller and is hosting it, titled "92 Til Infinity".

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Name Duration Released
Worldwide 00:00 2002
Mystery Man 00:00 2002
How I Do 00:00 2002
Love Saviour 00:00 2002
Break It Down 00:00 2002
Know Ur Hood 00:00 2002
For Da Love of Da Game 00:00 2002
My Peoples 00:00 2002
Shake It Off 00:00 2002
Scram 00:00 2002
In Time 00:00 2002
Da Ntro 00:00 2002
Travelz 00:00 2002
We Live In Philly 00:00 2002
Rock Wit U 00:00 2002
Charmed Life 00:00 2002
Musik Lounge 00:00 2002
We Are 00:00 2002
IJusWannaChill 00:00
Fuck The Police 00:00
Don't Nobody Care About Us 00:00
Whatever You Say 00:00
Runnin' 00:00
Award Tour 00:00
Passing Me By 00:00
Players 00:00
Boom! 00:00
Them That Not 00:00
Tear Shit Up 00:00
Play Dis 00:00
Full Clip 00:00
Lookin' At The Front Door 00:00
Ebonics 00:00
Mass Appeal 00:00
Choice Is Yours 00:00
Speed 00:00
The ? Remains 00:00
Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get In Da Club) 00:00
Visualize 00:00
Droppin' Science 00:00
Who Got Da Props? 00:00
Top Ten List 00:00
Eric B. Is President 00:00
Quiet Storm 00:00

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