Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Jeff has been spinning records since he was 10. The skills he developed in his family’s basement soon became the basis for hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. As well as winning DMC Championship and American Music awards, he was the first hip-hop artist (together with Will Smith) to win the first best rap performance Grammy for Parents Just Don’t Understand (1988). The group’s second Grammy was earned for Summertime, peaking at No 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, his work has featured in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Strange Days (1995) and Jersey Girl (2004). Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff will make their first UK live performance at Livewire festival on 27 August.
1 | Documentary
This is about Shep Gordon’s life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. It’s one of the most special documentaries I’ve ever seen – definitely a must watch. As a character, he’s very funny, with a distinctive laugh. He talks about the passion of business, which isn’t something a lot of people in the entertainment industry do, so that really stuck out. He’s kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump: he’s done so many different things, you’re left trying to figure out how this can be one person’s life.
2 | Music
I am absolutely in love with Jay Z’s latest album. He’s the first artist of our time to have made an adult hip-hop album. It’s very bold and daring, making music that’s not specifically for the club – not everything has to be for the club. What I like most about it is that I don’t have a favourite song – I like them all. You can almost feel that…