Last week hip hop fans were treated to a big announcement from Will Smith, we learn that his DJ will be along for the tour next summer.
DJ Jazzy Jeff confirms the world tour and says that he is reuniting with Will Smith.
“Will’s been recording,” DJ Jazzy Jeff explains in a Rolling Stone article. “We had a really good conversation because he wants to get back in recording. One of the things that we talk about is going from all of these stupid, giant, million-dollar studios to now having the ability to record something in a hotel room.”
DJ Jazzy Jeff says Will Smith has continued to rap throughout the years despite not releasing a project in a decade.
“Let me put it like this: You don’t retire from an art,” he says. “This has always been inside of him and he’s always wanted to do this. He has never stopped rapping. It’s just that being the biggest movie star on the planet, you don’t have enough time. There has never been a time that he didn’t jump on my microphone when we’re together, because that is in his blood. You think you’re going to be around a basketball court with Michael Jordan and he is not going to shoot? “
The pair plan to go on their first world tour. It seems strange that the duo who won hip hop’s first Grammy has never toured together. Smith explains in the past, the duo was restricted due to Smith filming the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
“Yeah, it’s funny,” Jazzy Jeff says. “When we were doing the Run-D.M.C. tour, we’d go to New York and Mobile, Alabama and do a lot of that stuff. When we got to the point of being bigger, it was during the Fresh Prince [of Bel-Air] years, so we couldn’t really tour like that. We didn’t have six months to just go all over the world.”
He says he is confident in the timing of this project even as he and Smith are aging.
“The timing is perfect and it was just something that clicked,” Jazzy Jeff says. “I think a lot of it is just the understanding of the space. You’ve got to look at it like, us, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J all came up together, and now everybody’s in a different professional space, but your fanbase is still there. We are the first generation that’s growing older with Hip Hop.”