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
Released May 20, 1991
Format CD
Recorded 1990–1991
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:30
Label Jive
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)

"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 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.[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 summers 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)

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