Will Smith might be better known as a movie star these days, but last night in Blackpool he proved he could still shake the room as the Fresh Prince, reuniting with his Nineties hip-hop partner Jeffrey Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) for their first live show in 12 years.
Smith and Townes headlined the final night of Blackpool’s Livewire music festival, performing to a crowd of 20,000.
Smith’s 24-year-old son Trey – who inspired his father’s 1997 song Just the Two of Us – came to watch Sunday night’s concert. “It’s incredible,” he told the Blackpool Gazette. “Looking at my dad up there he’s obviously loving it!”
Fans in the audience were equally enthusiastic, sharing their excitement on social media.
The duo’s on-stage reunion came two decades after the end of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the TV show that launched Smith’s acting career. Townes also made several appearances in the NBC sitcom as a music teacher called Jazz, and their song Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble featured prominently in one episode of the show.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince were one of the most acclaimed hip-hop acts of the late Eighties, winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for their 1988 song Parents Just Don’t Understand, and picking up a second Grammy for Summertime in 1991.
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