DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Summertime

Composed by Alton Taylor / Charles Smith / DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince / Dennis "D.T." Thomas / George "Funky" Brown / R. Bell / Richard Westfield / Robert "Spike" Mickens

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More than a decade before he was gettin' jiggy with it, Will Smith was the Fresh Prince, with help on production from his Philly friend DJ Jazzy Jeff. The duo hit the Top Ten in 1991 with the platinum single "Summertime," a laid-back trip through everyone's favorite season with help from a spacy sample originally found on Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness." Listening to it now, it's a bit of a surprise -- Smith's rapping style really hasn't changed in over a decade. That's hardly a bad thing, though, considering both his voice and rhymes are supremely danceable and tailored for crossover radio play.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1991 RCA/Jive Video
Homebase 1991 Jive
Summertime 1991 Jive
Groovy Ghetto 1992
Various Artists
Alex 3:56
Let's Talk About Love 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:53
MTV Party to Go, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 5:23
100% Summer 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
100% Hits 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Bust It, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:30
Beats Rhymes & Basslines 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:59
No Image 1994
Various Artists
European Import
Greatest 90's Dance Hits 1996
Various Artists
Import 3:47
100% Party: Hits of the 90's, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority
The Number One Rap Album 1996
Various Artists
PolyGram
Living in the 90's [Warlock] 1997
Various Artists
Warlock Records 4:30
Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Summer Jammin' 97 1997
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 4:31
Hit List [Intersound] 1997
Various Artists
Intersound 4:30
90's Now, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:31
Beats & Rhymes: Hip-Hop of the 90's, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:32
Groove Is in the Heart 1997
Various Artists
Renaissance Records 3:57
Greatest Hits 1998 BMG
Move This 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:56
Mallorca Mix '98 1998
Various Artists
More Music 4:29
MTV Party to Go: Platinum Mix 1998
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 5:22
90's Now, Vol. 1-3 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:31
Pure Groove [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Most Wanted 1991 1998
Various Artists
Ghe 4:30
Pure Swing: The Very Best of 90's 1999
Various Artists
Jive 3:49
Old School Vs. New School 1999
Various Artists
Jive 6:38
The Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 3:47
Now: 1991 [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:57
Power Summer Party 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 3:56
New Millennium Hip-Hop Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
SPF 16: Summer Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:30
Dancemania Diamond Millennium Hits Collection: Complete Edition 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Sounds of the 90's: Into the 90's [Time Life] 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:47
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:52
The Ultimate Party Mix 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:56
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 90's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:30
Non Stop Hip Hop 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:32
Old School Hip Hop, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:48
Pure Hip Hop Party 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:07
Blues & Soul, Vol. 12: 1990-1999 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Import 3:57
All Music Guide: Before They Were Jiggy 2001
Various Artists
All Music Guide / Medalist Entertainment 4:33
Party Explosion!!! 2001
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 4:28
Back to the Old Skool: Hip Hop 2002
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:21
Bar Culture, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Hip Hop High: Class of 1990-1991 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:29
Hip Hop Allstars 2002
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 4:30
Explosive Dance Party 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:56
That's My Jam: Blazin' Block Party 2003
Various Artists
Logic Records 4:27
Pure Urban Essentials: 40 Hot Street Beats, R&B and Hip Hop 2003
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 4:25
Best of Old Skool Hip Hop 2003
Various Artists
Beechwood Music / X10 5:38
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / Jive 3:55
Absolutely the Best of the 90's 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 4:33
No. 1 Rap Hits, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Smart
The Hip Hop Box 2004
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 4:29
Essential R&B: The Ultimate Collection 2004
Various Artists
BMG 4:30
The Best of R&B: Summer Selection 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 4:29
No. 1 Summer Hits [#2] 2004
Various Artists
Ariola Express
Hip Hop Styla Compilation 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Victor
Sing-A-Long Summer 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner Special Marketing 4:30
Essential R&B: The Very Best of R&B Summer 2004 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music
Non-Stop Summer Party 2005
Various Artists
Disky 4:16
Summertime Hits [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Played in Full: 90's - Definitive 12" Collection 2006
Various Artists
Resist 5:41
Hip Hop: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal / Universal Music 4:30
Collections 2006 Legacy / Sony BMG 4:31
The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince 2006 Sbme Special Mkts. 3:57
Club Tropicana [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal International 4:31
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Hip Hop Classics [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:54
Absolute Summer 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:57
Chasing the Sun: The Greatest Songs of Summer 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:31
Essential R&B: Summer 2007 2007
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 4:27
Absolute R&B [Crimson] 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:30
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:57
R&B Anthems 2007
Various Artists
BMG 4:27
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:54
Hip Hop Hits 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:29
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
The Wackness 2008
Original Soundtrack
Jive 4:31
101 Summer Songs 2008
Various Artists
EMI TV / Virgin 4:28
The Masters Series: Hip Hop 2009
Various Artists
Sony BMG
R&B Summer Anthems 2009
Various Artists
Rhino / Sony Music 3:57
R&B Anthems: 1979 -2009 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:31
100 Hits of the 90s [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Hear Music
It's Like That!: 40 Block Rockin' Beats 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music / Universal Music TV
Essential R&B: 90's Anthems 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:57
Pure... Summer 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:58
The Essential Pop 1990s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Chilled R&B: Smooth Classics 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:22
R&B Summerjamz 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:58
Magic Summertime 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:58
R&B Anthems [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:30
30 Stars of the '90s [US] 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:27
Playlist: The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince 2015 Jive / Legacy 4:33
...Baby One More Time: Back to the '90s
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:32
100 Essential Tracks: Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
101 R&B Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:59
90's Night: 1991
Various Artists
Music Factory
90s Groove
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:31
Back in the Day: Hip Hop Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Living in the 90's
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:57
Now That's What I Call Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:26
On the Coals: The Soundtrack to a Summer BBQ
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Telestar
Samba Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
Summer: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
Throwback Summer Jamz
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Ultimate... 90s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
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