Summer, Summer, Summertime

06/27/2011


There’s a gang of songs from 1991 that haven’t gotten any airplay since ’91. There’s a few that will occasionally get a spin for nostalgia’s sake. But if there’s one that without fail gets play every year as soon as June breaks in, it’s “Summertime”. While Will Smith was getting started on bigger and better things in his career, he was still primarily known as a rap star, along with the homie Jazzy Jeff as his DJ and producer.

The first time I heard “Summertime”, I’d imagine, was the same time a lot of people heard it. Fresh Prince of Bel Air was closing up its first season, and as part of the season finale, they aired the video at the end.From then on out, it was officially the song of that summer. It hit the radio instantly and was all over the place. Even as Prince & Jeff were mostly considered to be for the “Pop Tart Charts” by then, this one hit across the board, even with the harder-edged hip-hop audience. Even if their other songs from the Homebase album pretty much fell on deaf ears, “Summertime” was the clear undeniable hit that they probably expected it to be.


Still, I’m not even sure they knew just how long this song’s shelf life was. By the mid-’90s, “Summertime” became similar to those Christmas songs that you can never seem to get away from soon as Black Friday hits. Every June, and no later than July 4th, radio and TV would break it out and sporadically start spinning it through August. The video became a classic just as the song did, and basically set the tone for every “cookout in the park” video that’s ever been made since.

Will continued dippin’ and dabbin’ into his rap career through the ’90s, but it’s mostly played the back to his other endeavors after his acting career turned out to be extra-large. Even though he had major hits prior to “Summertime” and had even bigger ones in the years afterwards, it’s this one that’s become his longest-enduring track. 20 years later, “Summertime” is still getting its obligatory summer spins, and it’s still a winner.

With a laid-back flow (that sounds a lil’ Rakim-ish if you think about it) and a sample of Kool & The Gang‘s  “Summer Madness”, Will & Jeff made a hit that might not be for all seasons, but is apparently one for any year.

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Summertime” (1991) 

-D! 


What Set You Claimin’?

10/01/2010

Annnnd welcome to October on DLT90s, where I’ll be speakin’ on the pussy power of Lil’ Kim, lovin’ the ’80s with a retro on Krush Groove, and comin’ on thru with Hip-Hop Soul Week. Today, I’ma take it back to a track I was kinda stuck on for a good part of 1990, one that brought together almost every notable rap artist from Cali at the time. It was in reference the rapidly rising gang issues in the streets of L.A., as the title track of a compilation album of the same name, entitled “We’re All In The Same Gang”.

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Girlfight

08/14/2010

Last year around this time, I was doin’ the Summer Seven Series, which still contains some of my favorite posts that I’ve dropped so far on this site. In hindsight, there’s a few songs I would have added in the place of others, but it is what it is. One in particular was for the summer of ’98- one that I couldn’t seem to get away from no matter what. If I was watchin’ MTV, it was on. If I watched BET, it was on. If I cut on the radio, I had to damn near listen to the country station to avoid hearin’ it. Of course, not doin’ anything that had to do with music was a way I coulda gotten away from it, but gimme a break.

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DANJ! Presents: One Hitta Quittas, Vol. 2

04/23/2010

Annnd welcome to your favorite site and mine, DanjLovesThe90s– where we provide nothin’ but the absolute latest in ’90s shit.

Sometimes, the term “one hit wonder” is a lil’ polarizing. In some cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean the artist had nothing else to offer, it simply means the people didn’t accept it like they did that one in particular. Take for instance, some of today’s entries. Not to say any of their other stuff is as notable as their hit single was (although in one case, the artist’s other endeavors were WAY more notable than her music), but I’m just sayin’…

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“She Keeps On Passin’ Me By…”

03/22/2010

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. “- Charlie Brown

The rapper always gets the girl. He gets the girl, he has the girl, he’s always had the girl… because he is the shit. Not only does he have the girl, but he might have your girl. He might even tell you that he committed all kinds of nasty acts with her for nothin’ while you, the listener, do more for her and receive less. Not only does he get the girl AND your girl, but all the girls. When it comes to the women, it’s rarely in the rapper’s nature to not get the girl, or be turned down or ignored by her. And even if he did, he wouldn’t rap about it, cause they don’t luh dem hoes enough to care that much.

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Like Sweet Mornin’ Dew

02/17/2010

Dating back as far as “The Message”, there’s a long list of classic hip-hop songs that the artists were initially resistant to doing. In some cases, the most recognizable singles of those artists’ careers were joints they weren’t all that crazy about. The list is impressive: “Walk This Way”, “Juicy”, “Ruff Ryders Anthem”… and the collaboration of Method Man & Mary J. Blige on “You’re All I Need To Get By”.

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All Black Everything

01/19/2010

So… Jay-Z finally addressed that Illuminati/occult/freemason shit last week, eh? To me, it’s ridiculous that it even got to that point. I’m not so skeptical that I wouldn’t believe it if it was proven, but I’m also not so gullible that I’d believe it based on speculation. Some of the stuff I’ve seen on the net regarding his so-called involvement in the occult is plain retarded. I actually saw one video describing his background vocals as a “separate entity” appearing on the song. HA!

Now anyone dizzy enough to buy that will buy anything. Anybody could take some lyrics and drum up some shit that makes them out to be “eeee-viiiil”. In fact, I could do it. But it won’t be a Hova song. It’ll be one that’s been grossly overlooked during all these accusations of Illuminati ties and secret hand signals. This particular song was tied to a movie of the same name, and it was performed by none other than America‘s favorite negro, Will Smith. 12 years before “all black everything”, there were the “Men In Black”… a.k.a. The Masons.

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