Homebase (album)

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Homebase
Homebase (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 1991
RecordedMay 1990–April 1991
StudioBattery Studios
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City, New York)
Warehouse/J.E.M Recording Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
GenreHip hop, R&B
Length53:04
Label
ProducerDJ Jazzy Jeff, Hula & K. Fingers, Will Smith
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince chronology
And in This Corner...
(1989)
Homebase
(1991)
Code Red
(1993)
Singles from Homebase
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: May 20, 1991
  2. "Ring My Bell"
    Released: September 13, 1991
  3. "The Things That U Do"
    Released: January 20, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B−)[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
Q Magazine4/5 stars[4]

Homebase is the fourth studio album released by hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The album was released on July 23, 1991, reaching #12 on the Billboard 200 charts and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. It received generally favorable reviews from critics. The album was certified Platinum and won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album in 1992.

Album information[edit]

The second track on the album, "Summertime", earned the duo a second Grammy Award for Best Single in early 1992. Will Smith admitted that he tried to make his voice sound deeper than usual for this album, as many fans enjoyed the track "Then She Bit Me" from the duo's previous album, And in This Corner..., which was sung in this style. "You Saw My Blinker" is one of only two instances in which Smith uses obscenities in his music. However, the song reached #20 Billboard Hot 100[citation needed] and #22 Hot R&B/Hip Hop singles. Four singles were released from the album: "Summertime", "The Things That U Do", "Ring My Bell" and "You Saw My Blinker".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Will Smith and Jeffrey A. Townes, unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I'm All That"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Rick James3:43
2."Summertime"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Robert Bell; Ronald Bell; George Brown; Robert Mickens; Lamar Hula Mahone; Craig Simpkins; Charles Smith; Alton Taylor; Dennis Thomas; Richard Westfield4:30
3."Things That U Do"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Craig King4:56
4."This Boy Is Smooth" 4:58
5."Ring My Bell"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Frederick Knight4:44
6."A Dog Is a Dog" 4:29
7."Caught in the Middle (Love & Life)"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Craig King4:21
8."Trapped on the Dance Floor" 5:19
9."Who Stole the D.J." 4:50
10."You Saw My Blinker" 4:14
11."Dumb Dancin'" 4:55
12."Summertime (Reprise)"Will Smith; Jeffrey A. Townes; Robert Bell; Ronald Bell; George Brown; Robert Mickens; Lamar Hula Mahone; Craig Simpkins; Charles Smith; Alton Taylor; Dennis Thomas; Richard Westfield2:05
Total length:53:04

Samples[edit]

A Dog Is a Dog

Caught in the Middle (Love & Life)

Dumb Dancin'

I'm All That

Ring My Bell

Summertime

The Things That U Do

Trapped on the Dance Floor

You Saw My Blinker

Who Stole the D.J.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US
Pop
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
1991 Summertime 4 1
Ring My Bell 20 22
1992 The Things That U Do 43

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 33
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 43
UK Albums Chart[7] 69
US Billboard 200 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Q review
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference CAN was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - Homebase". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "UK Albums Charts - September 8, 1991". UK Albums Chart. Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Homebase". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.