According to TMZ, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith, delighted fans with a long-awaited reunion on stage at the Grammys in Los Angeles. The iconic duo took the audience on a nostalgic journey by performing hits such as “Brand New Funk,” “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” and “Summertime” as part of the “Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop” special, co-produced by Questlove.
The reunion marked a full-circle moment for the legendary pair, who had not performed together on stage in years. Will Smith, reportedly busy filming “Bad Boys 4” during the Grammys’ celebration of hip-hop’s milestone birthday in February, made a triumphant return for this special occasion.
Dressed in a Phillies jumpsuit, The Fresh Prince joined forces with DJ Jazzy Jeff, allowing the world-famous DJ to showcase his skills on the turntables. The performance garnered excitement from the audience, with notable figures in hip-hop, including Flavor Flav, DJ D-Nice, Chance The Rapper, and others, joining the celebration on stage.
The significance of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s contribution to hip-hop history was acknowledged, as they were the first hip-hop act to perform at the Grammy Awards and won the inaugural Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1988 with “Parents Don’t Understand.”
The “Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop” special, set to air on Paramount+ in December, promises an all-star lineup featuring Queen Latifah, E-40, Rakim, Latto, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Too Short, Remy Ma, YG, GloRilla, Gunna, and more. The event pays homage to the genre’s rich history and features performances from pioneers and contemporary stars alike, making it a highly anticipated showcase for hip-hop enthusiasts.
TMZ reports, “Flavor Flav couldn’t contain his excitement and surprised Will on stage with a bear hug as he was finishing up his “Summertime” performance.”