Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince song)

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"Summertime"
Summertime single.jpg
Single by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
from the album Homebase
ReleasedMay 20, 1991
FormatCD
Recorded1990
GenreHip hop, R&B
Length4:30
Label
Songwriter(s)Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, George "Funky" Brown, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Lamar Hula Mahone, Craig Simpkins, Jeffrey A. Townes, Will Smith, Charles Smith, Alton Taylor, Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Richard Westfield
Producer(s)K. Fingers (Craig Simpkins), Hula (Lamar Hula Mahone), Roland Edison
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince singles chronology
"Yo Home To Bel Air"
(1991)
"Summertime"
(1991)
"Ring My Bell"
(1991)

"Summertime" is a song by American hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It was released in May 1991 as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Homebase. The song was produced by Chicago-based producers Hula & K. Fingers with songwriting assistance by G Syier Hawkins Brown and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1992 Grammy Awards. It spent a week at number #1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart,[1] as well as reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 (their highest charting single on the latter). It also became the duo's first single to enter the top ten of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #8. The song is written in G minor. [2]

Content and reception[edit]

The song's instrumention samples "Summer Madness" by Kool & the Gang.

Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 9 in its 2013 "Best Summer Songs of All Time", saying: "Over a funky laidback beat, a young Will Smith does a fantastic Rakim impression over a sample of Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness" and drops a sweet ode to hanging out and driving around his native Philly: "Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes/She turn around to see what you beeping at/It's like the summer's a natural aphrodisiac." It's still hip-hop's finest summer celebration."[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single
  1. "Summertime" (Single Edit) – 3:57
  2. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff Mix) – 5:37
  3. "Summertime" (Street Club Remix) – 6:06
  4. "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" (Shorter Single Edit) – 3:58
12" Vinyl
  1. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff Mix) – 5:37
  2. "Summertime" (LP Version) – 4:30
  3. "Summertime" (Instrumental) – 4:30
  4. "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" (Shorter Single Edit) – 3:58
American CD Single
  1. "Summertime" (Single Edit) – 3:57
  2. "Summertime" (LP Version) – 4:30
  3. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff Mix) – 5:37
  4. "Summertime" (Extended Club Mix) – 5:43
  5. "Summertime" (Extended Bass Mix) – 5:36
  6. "Summertime" (Street Club Remix) – 6:06
  7. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff Instrumental) – 5:50
  8. "Summertime" (Instrumental) – 4:30
Summertime '98 CD Single / 12" Vinyl
  1. "Summertime '98" (SoulPower Radio Mix) – 4:12
  2. "Summertime '98" (SoulPower Hip Hop Mix) – 4:40
  3. "Summertime '98" (SoulPower Instrumental) – 4:16
  4. "Summertime" (Original Version) – 4:31
Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff's 2007 Remixes)[4]
  1. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff's Still Summertime Remix) (Radio Edit) –
  2. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff's SoleFul Remix)
  3. "Summertime" (DJ Jazzy Jeff's Still Summertime Remix)
  4. "Summertime" (Original 1991 Album Version)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 161.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 79.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince* - Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff's Remixes)". Discogs.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1612." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 1614." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Summertime". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ a b "Official Charts > Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  20. ^ "RPM Dance Tracks of 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Singles–Jahrescharts 1991" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  22. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  23. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 21, 1991). "1991 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 103 no. 51. p. YE-14.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Summertime". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 30, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Summertime in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Summertime". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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