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DJ Jazzy Jeff Says Will Smith Would Have Slapped Mike Tyson

In 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the song "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson," the Rocky-inspired lead video single from their aptly-titled And In This Corner... album. Iron Mike appeared in the Jive/Zomba music video, and according to Jeff some years back, was not above sparring with his Hip-Hop homies. More than 30 years later, the Grammy-winning group may be taking that song title literally, according to DJ Jazzy Jeff, as he weighs in on his musical partner's March incident at the Academy Awards. Appearing on Fuzzy and Quincy Harris' Faq Podcast, the respected West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania producer and turntablist opened up. “When it happened, and I saw him walk up there, the one thing I would say–'cause I’ve had people say, ‘Oh he wouldn’t have done that to no gangsta.' Let me tell you something about Will [Smith]. Will is somebody that cliff-dove in Jamaica and couldn’t swim," explained Jeff in a clip (the full audio episode is underneath). "Will was the person that whatever he’s afraid of, he runs to. I ain’t got that in me. I don’t have that in me at all. I’ve watched Will almost die numerous times running straight." DJ Jazzy Jeff Explains The Death Of DJs In Hip-Hop Groups While Chris Rock was Will Smith's target in March (after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett), Jazzy Jeff says the former champ-turned-podcaster could have caught hands. “Will would’ve slapped Mike Tyson. It did not matter who was there. Will would’ve got his ass beat, but he was going to do what he was going to do regardless of who it was. It wasn’t for fake; it wasn’t for show. I have to protect. If that was a grizzly bear, he would have did it. I know him." The smack, which Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle have both joked about the event in the days that followed, caused Will Smith to be barred from the Oscars for 10 years. He released an apology for his role. Will Smith Gives 1 Of His Realest Interviews. He Says He’s Finally Being Authentic (Video) As HipHopDX reports, Jeff has been a longstanding advocate of his partner's grit. “I can name 50 times that [Will Smith] should’ve smacked the sh*t out of somebody, and he didn’t," he said in April at a Closed Sessions public event. "So for him to have a lapse in judgment, he’s human. And I think a lot of the criticism comes from the people who don’t think people like that are human.” This month, DJ Jazzy Jeff performed with Rakim at The 2022 Roots Picnic near Jeff's hometown—as did the Faq Podcast. He also featured on Grxwn Fxlks's title track from the recently-released Volume 1: Independent album by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC Masai Turner and producer Akil Esoon. Will Smith Discusses His Jealousy Of Jada’s Relationship With Tupac (Video) #BonusBeat: DJ Jazzy Jeff joins Kendrick Lamar, Big Daddy Kane, Freddie Gibbs, Murs, Skyzoo, and others in recalling their first favorite rapper. This video and many others are available at Ambrosia For Heads' video channel. #DmtDaily


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