Homebase (album)

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Studio album by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Released July 9, 1991
Recorded May 1990–April 1991
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 77:36
Label Jive/RCA
Producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hula & K. Fingers, Will Smith
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince chronology
And in This Corner...
Code Red
Singles from Homebase
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: June 20, 1991
  2. "Ring My Bell"
    Released: September 13, 1991
  3. "The Things That U Do"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B−)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[4]

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Homebase is the fourth studio album released by hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The album was released in July 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.

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. "Let's Party" - 3:35 (LP/Cassette Bonus Track)
  14. "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.

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 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".


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