Legendary Philadelphia DJ, Jazzy Jeff took the time to speak with AllHipHop.com this week in an exclusive interview, where he broke down his plans for the summer, his upcoming projects and the possibilities of a reunion with Will Smith.
But according to Jeff, his first priority is working with his new artists Ayah, a singer from Toronto, Canada.
Next month, Ayah and DJ Jazzy Jeff will release their independently released project titled Back For More.
“I wanted to put something out in the summer and we released the teaser video and song on Thursday,” Jazzy Jeff told AllHipHop.com. “We gonna drop something every week. The project drops July 12th, so people can get an idea of what the project is all about.”
Jeff, who began DJ’ing in Philadelphia in 1975 at the age of 10, continues to work with new, emerging artists.
In addition to Ayah, Jazzy Jeff is working with a number of new artists, including Pittsburgh artist Mac Miller.
“When me and Mac linked up, I told him, ‘I’m picking your brain just as much as you are picking mine,'” Jazzy Jeff told AllHipHop.com. “I was him; Mac is me 20 years ago. I think there are so many artists around that let their legendary status makes them immune to learning.”
Finally, Jazzy Jeff took the time to update his fans about any potential projects that may be released with long time friend recording partner, Will Smith.
Although their families remain close, their hectic work schedules usually prevent the two childhood friends from spending more time together.
When Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith were hanging out in New York last week on the set of “Men In Black 3,” the pair discussed the possibility of performing together.
“We actually had a conversation about doing some pop up performances on people,” Jazzy Jeff told AllHipHop.com. “We might do ‘Brand New Funk‘ and ‘Summertime’ and walk off. It’s just crazy him being the #1 movie star in the world. And then his son [Jaden} is one of the biggest childhood actors. His wife [Jada] with a hit TV show and his daughter [Willow] has a hit record. I tease him all the time and trying to find the time to do it.”
Jazzy Jeff is going on tour with Jill Scott this summer as part of the “Jill Scott Summer Block Party.”
Jill Scott will hit stages across the United States backed by Jazzy Jeff, starting at the end of July.
Below is a list of tour dates where you can check Jill Scott and Jazzy Jeff.
July 30: Detroit, Mich.
July 31: Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 3: Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 4: St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 6: Philadelphia, Pa.
Aug. 7: Washington, D.C.
Aug. 10: Los Angeles, Calif.
Aug. 14: Oakland, Calif.
Aug. 17: Memphis, Tenn.
Aug. 19: Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 21: Virginia Beach, Va.
Aug. 23: Raleigh, N.C.
Aug. 24: Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 27: Dallas, Tx
Aug. 28: Houston, Tx