by JUSTIN STEWART November 9, 2009, 10:40am
“The problem is he’s probably the biggest movie star on the planet. Being in that position, it doesn’t make for a lot of time for music.”
Before Will Smith was regarded as being a hit-maker for the box office, the actor was known as the Fresh Prince and made noise, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, on the music side. Together, the duo were able to heat up music and put Philadelphia on the map.
The Philly scene now includes the likes of Beanie Sigel, Gillie the Kid, Cassidy and others that are complete opposites of the Fresh Prince, but they will always be recognized as the first to do it and watch it blow up in the mainstream.
Although their career choices have gone in two different directions, Jeff maintains that the relationship between the two hasn’t been shaken in all of these years. During promotion for the recently released video game, DJ Hero, Jeff speaks on how everything has essentially fallen in place for the two.
“People don’t realize about my relationship with Will is [that] this is exactly what we planned on doing. That’s one of the things that we talk about more than anything. I remember when Will and I first got together, we kinda had a dream session and he was like, ‘You know what, I wanna do movies’ and I was like, ‘Wow, I wanna do music’ and I was like maybe I can do music for your movies.”
He added how the movie industry has been a factor as to why the two haven’t been able to link up again musically, although they have made constant attempts.
“I think that a lot of the movie people hate when I come around because they know that I’m going to try to twist his arm to do some music. It’s hard. He really wants to do it, but being one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, we’ll talk about ‘Oh man, we wanna do this tour and go here’ and then he’ll call me and say ‘Hey, guess what? I was nominated for an Oscar. It’s kinda like, ehh so much for the tour.”
Whatever the case may be, the DJ states that the two still have moments where they are in awe of where their careers have gone since the days of “Summertime”, but through it all, they have continued to remain level-headed to one another as friends and have sat in anticipation for the day where they can finally make their return.