It’s been over 25 years since DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince have worked together on any new music, but last Sunday (Aug. 27) the legendary rap duo reunited for the 2017 Livewire Festival in England and performed a new song together.
During their set, Will and Jeff premiered their new EDM-inflicted, fist-pumping track, “Get Lit.” Although the song is a big departure for both artists, Will said it was in response to the “chaos and confusion” out there in the world.
In a recent interview, Will credits hip-hop icon LL Cool J for helping him reunite with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
“I looked at Jeff and he was getting old, man, and I was like, ‘I can’t do this to this boy,’” joked Smith about their reunion. “It was time. LL hit me [up and] was like, ‘Dude, I’m telling you, it’s time. You have no idea the love that’s out there.’ I was listening to L like, ‘All right, I need to do it.’”
“Now I got the bug,” Smith continued. “I was on fire last night. It was the first time being on stage in a while. I blew my voice out a little — I do that all the time. I just can’t contain myself on stage.”
“I’m the little man in his ear telling him to calm down, just slow down,” Jeff added. “You have to have fun with it and a lot of it is making sure that you’re loose and calm on stage.”
Will and Jeff hopes to extend their reunion to a full-fledge tour, which is still in the works. Either way, we’re glad that DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince are back together making music.