DJ Jazzy Jeff Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 3,000,000
Real name Jeffrey Allen Townes
Source of Wealth Music, Dj
Profession Dj
Spouse/Partner Lynette C. Jackson
Date of Birth Jan 15, 1965
Zodiac Capricorn
Age 58
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 0 cm / 0 ft 0 inch

Jeffrey Allen Townes, better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff, is an American DJ and music producer. He was born on January 15, 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [1] .

In the 1990s, with Will Smith, they formed the hip-hop duo "DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince." The team won two Grammy awards and starred in the popular American sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Dj Jazzy Jeff is a famous DJ and music producer with a net worth of $3 million.

Career beginnings and development

Many details are unknown about DJ Jazzy Jeff's childhood; other than that he was a newspaper boy when he was seven years old and fell in love with DJing when he was ten years old.

He attended John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, where today is listed in the school's "Wall of Fame ''.

Jazzy Jeff's career began during the 80s with block parties where a single community would gather and enjoy a party.

As cited by Wikipedia, the Dj revealed these details about his beginnings in Stenning Paul's "Success - By Those Who Have Made It":

  • “At summertime block parties, I wouldn't be the one dancing. I sat where the DJ was set up, watching him. Even when I would go to other block parties in other neighborhoods, I was still fascinated with the DJ”. [2]

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

While performing at a house party in 1985, Jeff met Will Smith, who then lived within walking distance of the house party where he was performing. His partner and rapper “Ice” didn’t show up, so Will volunteered to fill in and rap alongside him.

They clicked immediately and formed the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince soon after.[3]

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In 1986 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince released their first song titled “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble”. The song was part of their debut album “Rock the House '' which brought them the attention of prominent record label “Jive Records” and the co-founder of “Def Jam Recordings” Russell Simmons. The album Rock the House,” was rereleased on Jive in March 1987 and sold about 300,000 units.

In 1988 they released the “He's the DJ, I’m the Rapper” album that sold two million copies, making it multi-platinum.

The album featured the song "Parents Just Don't Understand," which earned them the first Grammy for a hip hop-rap song.

1990 Will Smith got a starring role in the sitcom “The fresh prince of Bel-Air,” where he was supposed to play a fictional character of himself, while Jazzy Jeff appeared as a recurring character named Jazz.

A year after, the duo reunited and dropped the album “Homebase”, which sold one million units. This album was a bit different from their previous releases, as it was aimed at fitting into hip-hop's era. The album featured “Summertime,” the song that won the duo their second Grammy award.

In 1993 the duo released their last album named “Code Red.” The single "Boom! Shake the Room" reached No. 1 in multiple countries across Europe and Australia.

In the years that followed, Smith pursued his acting career, and the group split.

DJ Jazzy Jeff’s career after the duo parted ways.

After he and Smith parted ways, Jazzy Jeffs continued his career as a record producer establishing his production company “A Touch of Jazz.”

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During the early 2000s, Jazzy helped many now prominent hip-hop artists with their career development, including Eminem, the Roots, Eric Robertson, and many more.

He performed with Will Smith at the premiere of “Hancock”, a movie starring Smith in 2008.

He was featured in the video game “DJ Hero” as a playable character.

Through the years, he performed on multiple shows and events like the comedy chat show “The Graham Norton Show,” “MTV Summerblast Music Festival” in Croatia, and the “Livewire Festival in Blackpool.”

Personal Life

DJ Jazzy Jeffs is married to his wife Lynette C. Jackson. The couple married on July 31, 2010, and in 2020 they hit their tenth anniversary.

DJ Jazzy Jeff has two sons from his marriage with Jackson.

Friendship with Will Smith

While Jeff and Smith were a dynamic duo during the 80s and 90s; they parted ways when Smith decided to pursue his acting career.

Nevertheless, they are still good friends and made a few successful collaborations even after they split up.

Jeff publicly supported Smith when the 2022 Oscar fiasco happened, and Smith slapped Cris Rock regarding a joke Rock made on Jada Smith’s account.

Jeff stated that he could name 50 times when Will should have smacked someone, but he didn’t. He added that Smith is only human and that the judgment comes from people who often forget that people like Will are human.[4]

Conclusion

Jeffrey Allen Townes, known mainly by his stage name Dj Jazzy Jeff was part of the famous hip-hop duo from the 80s and 90s, The Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

During his career, he and Will Smith won two Grammy awards for the songs “Parents Just Don't Understand” and “Summertime.”

He was also featured in the popular American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

His net worth is estimated at $3 million.

References

  1. DJ jazzy Jeff (no date) IMDb. IMDb.com. Available at: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0870039/bio?ref_=nm_ql_1 (Accessed: November 7, 2022). 

  2. DJ jazzy Jeff (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Jazzy_Jeff (Accessed: November 7, 2022).

  3. DJ jazzy jeff & the fresh prince (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Jazzy_Jeff_%26_the_Fresh_Prince (Accessed: November 7, 2022).

  4. DJ jazzy jeff & the fresh prince (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Jazzy_Jeff_%26_the_Fresh_Prince (Accessed: November 7, 2022).