Homebase (album)

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Homebase (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Released July 23, 1991
Recorded May 1990–April 1991
Studio Battery Studios
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City, New York)
Warehouse/J.E.M Recording Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 51:15
Label Jive/RCA
Producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hula & K. Fingers, Will Smith
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince chronology
And in This Corner...
(1989)And in This Corner...1989
Code Red
(1993)Code Red1993
Singles from Homebase
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: June 20, 1991
  2. "Ring My Bell"
    Released: September 13, 1991
  3. "The Things That U Do"
    Released: January 20, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
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.

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]

  1. "I'm All That" - 3:44
  2. "Summertime" - 4:30
  3. "Things That U Do" - 4:56
  4. "This Boy Is Smooth" - 4:58
  5. "Ring My Bell" - 4:44
  6. "A Dog Is a Dog" - 4:29
  7. "Caught in the Middle (Love & Life)" - 4:19
  8. "Trapped on the Dance Floor" - 3:52
  9. "Who Stole the D.J." - 4:09
  10. "You Saw My Blinker" - 4:14
  11. "Dumb Dancin'" - 4:55
  12. "Summertime (Reprise)" - 2:05
  13. "Ring My Bell" [Mr. Lee's Radio Mix] - 4:05 (LP/Cassette Bonus Track)


A Dog Is a Dog

Caught in the Middle (Love & Life)

Dumb Dancin'

I'm All That

Ring My Bell


The Things That U Do

Trapped on the Dance Floor

You Saw My Blinker

Who Stole the D.J.


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


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
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


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


  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