He's the DJ I'm the Rapper
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Selling out would have been if Will were to incorporate superficious gangsta, thug, or pimp elements into his music. He didn't. His style may have been silly, onery, and kid friendly, but that is who he is, and he never stepped outside of that. The myth is that he never used cuss words, but you go back and listen to "You Saw My Blinker..." and realize that he did every now and then, and find that hard to believe. Plus he always dropped a lot of hell's and damn's- in case that offends anyone. Will kept it true, to what he knows, and yet still has a bad rap for his music.
I won't go as far to say that his work with Jazzy Jeff is something I absolutely cherish and revere, but one should recognize that they made big contributions to hiphop and stood strong as an example of hiphop's diversity. People could get into their stuff if they found the rest of hiphop hard-to-stomach. I love the show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"(in which they both starred), which not only exceeded and outlasted expectations, but became a classic and brought hiphop and urban culture to the forefront on American television. It's still shown on TV constantly today, eight years after the last episode. The show had something for everyone, like I said, an enduring American classic.
So the rumor is that Jazzy Jeff and Will were sellouts and their music is wack. MYTH!Read more ›
Not much needs to be said about how good the songs are, but there are other reviews giving it low ratings, because, yes, the CD is edited.
It's a similar case to another classic hip-hop album, "Sex Packets" by Digital Underground. "He's The DJ..." is a double LP and extended play cassette. But when it came time to release the CD, they couldn't fit it all on one CD. Hence, sadly, the decision was made to cut some of the songs to allow it to fit. Here's the difference:
"Nightmare on My Street" - This is the Single Version that was released on 7" vinyl and cassette single. It has alternate lyrics compared to the LP version and is not simply edited.
"As We Go" - shortened by about 30 seconds
"Parents Just Don't Understand" - This is the Single Version that was released on 7" vinyl and cassette single. It shortens the instrumental section between the 2nd and 3rd verse and fades a little earlier than the LP.
"Another Special Announcement" - This is the only song missing from the CD.
"D.J. on the Wheels" - shortened by about 50 seconds
"He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper" - shortened by about 1:15
"Hip Hop Dancer's Theme" - shortened by about 50 seconds
"Jazzy's in the House" - shortened by about 1:10
"Human Video Game" - shortened by about 1:30
All of the other songs are fully in tact. If you're used to hearing the LP or cassette, I completely understand your disappointment; however, the album is still very worthy of 5-stars even edited.
From hearing the first track, A Nightmare on My Street, you're immediately taken back to the days when rap was fun to listen to. Now it's all about the hardcore stuff which totally disinterests me. This album is completely 80's.
This disc houses some of their greatest tracks they've ever recorded. Parents Just Don't Understand, Brand New Funk, A Nightmare on My Street, Here We Go Again, and the list goes on and on for all seventeen tracks.
Here are the top five songs on the disc
1.A Nightmare on My Street
2.Here We Go Again
3.Brand New Funk
4.He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
5.Parents Just Don't Understand
This album is completely worth buying no matter what kind of music you listen to. This is the best CD I have in my not so extensive CD collection.
Highlight tracks are Brand New Funk and Hes The DJ, I'm The Rapper. Jazzy Jeff produced some of the best beats ever for this album IMO. If you love old school, this album is for you. Don't sleep on this album.
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Bought this for a young friend who wore his out from listening to it so often. He was very happy to get it!Published 5 months ago by Dee
I was so happy to find this classic. Thanks again Amazon.Published 11 months ago by Victor Williams
This here is the german import version which is more faithful to the original cassette/LP version, save the exclusion of the last 2 tracks on the cassette (Jazzy's in the house and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. MARTIN
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|HELP!!!! Want original recordings befor they cut this album||
Yes, you will need to order the vinyl or cassette versions. The CD version is cut.
Jul 15, 2015 by Iron Disciple | See all 2 posts