He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper

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He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
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Studio album by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Released March 29, 1988[1]
Recorded 1987–1988
Length 72:19 (CD)
85:10 (Vinyl and cassette)
Label 1091-J
Producer Pete Harris, The Fresh Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince chronology
Rock the House
(1987)Rock the House1987
He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
And in This Corner...
(1989)And in This Corner...1989
Singles from He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
  1. "Brand New Funk"
    Released: December 2, 1987
  2. "Parents Just Don't Understand"
    Released: February 17, 1988
  3. "A Nightmare on My Street"
    Released: August 1, 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]
Pitchfork 7.2/10[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[5]

He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper is the second studio album by hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It was the first double album in hip hop music, in its original vinyl incarnation.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album triple platinum on February 1, 1995,[6] and is the duo's most successful album. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.


The album's first single, "Brand New Funk", was only released promotionally and, thus, failed to achieve any commercial success. However, the album's second single, "Parents Just Don't Understand", won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance and reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] Although the album's third single, "Nightmare on My Street", which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, was considered for inclusion in the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the producers of the film decided against its inclusion. As a result, vinyl pressings of the album contain a disclaimer sticker that says, "[This song] is not part of the soundtrack...and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films."

Track listings[edit]

Original vinyl and cassette release[edit]

While released as a double album, Sides C and D were labeled as a "Bonus Scratch Album".[8]

Original CD release[edit]

For the CD, "Nightmare on My Street", "As We Go", "D.J. on the Wheels" and the final four songs appear in edited form, and "Another Special Announcement" was omitted. A German edition omitted "Jazzy's in the House" and "Human Video Game" instead. On September 8, 2017 the full vinyl version was finally issued on CD, produced by Real Gone Music/Sony Music Entertainment.[9]

No. Title Length
1. "Nightmare on My Street" 4:56
2. "Here We Go Again" 4:01
3. "Brand New Funk" 4:04
4. "Time to Chill" 4:25
5. "Charlie Mack (First Out of the Limo)" 4:46
6. "As We Go" 5:35
7. "Parents Just Don't Understand" 5:15
8. "Pump Up the Bass" 5:13
9. "Let's Get Busy, Baby" 4:06
10. "Live at Union Square (November 1986)" 4:07
11. "D.J. on the Wheels" 2:44
12. "My Buddy" 3:40
13. "Rhythm Trax (House Party Style)" 4:39
14. "He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper" 4:57
15. "Hip Hop Dancer's Theme" 2:55
16. "Jazzy's in the House" 3:01
17. "Human Video Game" 4:14
Total length: 72:19