Meet the man who is much more than a sidekick (Created 9/27/13)
You may know him as the sidekick and longtime partner of the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), but Jeffrey Allen Townes – aka DJ Jazzy Jeff -- is a superstar in his own right.
When you see musicians start to accumulate labels, you start to wonder how many of those credits they've actually earned. But for Townes, who is a hip hip, R&B disc jockey, record producer, turntablist and actor, he's the real deal through and through. Born and raised on the streets of Philadelphia, he rose to fame as one half of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince along with Smith. And when TV came calling, the duo branched out with the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," in which Jazzy Jeff played a recurring character named Jazz, Smith's best friend on the show.
As a duo, Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith had a number of gold and platinum albums and singles to their credit. They also won the first rap Grammy Award ever presented in 1989, but eventually split as music partners. That move allowed Townes to become a prominent record producer, starting the A Touch of Jazz production company in Philadelphia. On the side, he has continued to work together with Smith on various projects, including music videos and live performances.
Jazzy Jeff's noted releases include "The Return of the Magnificent" in 2007, and a mixtape in 2009 called "He's the King…I'm the DJ," in honor of the late Michael Jackson. Since 2011, Jazzy Jeff has worked alongside rapper Mac Miller on on "92 Til Infinity."
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