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DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (Expanded Edition) (2CD-Set) 

  • D.J. Jazzy Jeff (a.k.a. Jeff Townes) and The Fresh Prince (a.k.a. Will Smith) Were One of the First and Biggest Hip Hop Acts to Cross Over into Pop Music Stardom
  • Their 1988 Double Album He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper Went to #4 on the Pop Charts 

  • Despite the Album’s Success, the Jive Label Elected to Release a Truncated Version on Compact Disc, Deleting One Song and Shortening Eight Others 

  • Only Rare 1988 German Pressings of the Album Feature the Unedited Album Tracks, But That Version of the CD Deleted Two Tracks 

  • Real Gone Music’s 2-CD Expanded Edition Offers the COMPLETE, Original He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper Album for the First Time Ever on CD 

  • Also Includes 11 Bonus Tracks Drawn from 12” Mixes Featuring the CD Debuts of Four Instrumental Versions and the Live Version of “Brand New Funk” 

  • Remastered from Original Tapes by Sean Brennan at Battery Studios in New York 

  • Liner Notes by Aaron Kannowski 

  • Features Original Album Gatefold Art Plus12” Single Sleeves 

  • D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince Are Gigging This Summer in Europe, So Sure to Be a Buzz...and 30th Anniversary of the Album Occurs Early Next Year 

  • A Crucial Album in Hip-Hop’s Move to the Mainstream Finally Reissued Properly

    AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (Expanded Edition) (2CD-Set) 

    Originally released in April 1988 on Jive/Zomba, He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (that’s Will Smith for you youngsters out there) is often listed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded, one of the first releases in the genre that “crossed over” into mainstream chart success (#4 on the Pop charts). But, hard as it is to believe, the original vinyl double-LP and cassette are the only places to hear the album in full. When He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper originally came out as the first-ever hip-hop double album, it clocked in at just over 82 minutes. Rather than issue it as a 2-CD set, Jive shortened the album for CD release. In the U.S., one of the songs was removed from the album while eight others were presented in shorter versions. To date, only rare 1988 German pressings of the CD contain the original, unedited LP versions of the songs, although even that version left off the last two tracks due to the same space issues. Ah, you know…labels just don’t understand. So now, on the eve of the record's 30th anniversary, it’s time to set the record straight. Real Gone Music’s new, 2-CD expanded version includes the COMPLETE He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper album for the first time ever on CD, taken from the original master tapes. But that’s not good enough for us…we’ve also added 11 bonus tracks featuring 12” single mixes, extended remixes, etc. totaling 54 minutes—in fact, the four instrumental versions and the live version of “Brand New Funk” have never been on CD, either! Sean Brennan at Battery Studios in New York remasters, Aaron Kannowski supplies liner notes, and we’ve included original album and 12" artwork as well. One of the crucial albums in hip-hop’s move to the mainstream, finally done right!

    Disc : 1
    1. Nightmare on My Street
    2. Here We Go Again
    3. Brand New Funk
    4. Time to Chill
    5. Charlie Mack (The First Out the Limo)
    6. As We Go
    7. Parents Just Don't Understand
    8. Pump Up the Bass
    9. Let's Get Busy Baby
    10. Another Special Announcement
    11. Live at Union Square, November 1986
    12. D.J. on the Wheels
    13. My Buddy
    14. Rhythm Trap--House Party Style
    Disc : 2
    1. He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper
    2. Hip Hop Dancer's Theme
    3. Jazzy's in the House
    4. Human Video Game
    5. Parents Just Don't Understand (Single Edit)
    6. Parents Just Don't Understand (Instrumental)
    7. Nightmare on My Street (Single Edit)
    8. Nightmare on My Street (Instrumental)
    9. Brand New Funk (Extended Remix)
    10. Brand New Funk (Live at Nassau Coliseum)
    11. Brand New Funk (Single Edit)
    12. Brand New Funk (Instrumental)
    13. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (1988 Extended Remix)
    14. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (1988 Single Version)
    15. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (Instrumental)

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