- Released: June 6, 2006
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
- 2.The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff
- 3.A Touch of Jazz
- 4.Parents Just Don't Understand
- 5.A Nightmare on My Street
- 6.Brand New Funk
- 7.I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson
- 8.Groove, The (Jazzy's Groove)
- 10.Ring My Bell - (Mr. Lee's Radio Mix)
- 11.Things That U Do, The - (Radio Remix)
- 12.Boom! Shake the Room - (LP Mix)
- 13.I'm Looking for the One (To Be with Me)
- 14.I Wanna Rock
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: Will Smith (rap vocals); DJ Jazzy Jeff (turntables).
Audio Remixers: Hula; K. Fingers.
Liner Note Author: Michael Hill.
Photographer: Douglas Rowell.
Although the music of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was occasionally mocked by serious hip-hop heads as squeaky-clean commercial pap, the duo was among the most compelling and likeable pop-rap acts of the 1980s. THE VERY BEST collects all of the duo's biggest hits, including their first single, "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"; their breakthrough smash, "Parents Just Don't Understand"; and "Summertime," their highest charting release.
While the Fresh Prince's cheeky, sanitized raps lack the punch of those by hip-hop's best MCs, they remain nimble, witty, and highly enjoyable even decades later, and Jazzy Jeff's skills on the turntable--always respected in the underground despite the duo's mainstream visibility-- are in ample evidence throughout this set . Ultimately the duo was a singles act, which makes THE VERY BEST an ideal one-stop purchase for casual fans.