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Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince song)

"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 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. 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]

"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)

Content and receptionEdit

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 listingEdit

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)

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 52
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 29
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 50
Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 36

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 33

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 400,000 
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ a b "Official Charts > Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  16. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "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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