DJ Jazzy Jeff: Music Saved My Life

A great workout for many of us, consists of a great workout playlist.  Fueled with the songs that keep us going, a great playlist energizes our mind and ears–and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff still continues to do that, not in a traditional gym, but on the dance floor.

At the age of 52, Jeff “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes made a name for himself after being one of half of the chart-breaking duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with rapper-turned-movie star, Will Smith. Now, world renown for his skill on the turntables, Jeff shares how he prepares to make people sweat on the dance floor:

“I play everything. My whole thing is taking people on that journey that you’re supposed to take as a DJ, no matter what type of music that is. When I came up and I was carrying a crate of records, I would have a hip-hop crate and an R&B crate, and you would have a reggae section and you would have some rock records and some breakbeats. You had a smorgasbord of music that you picked from through the night.

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As the whole DJ thing evolved, it started to become like, “oh, he’s a hip-hop DJ,” or “he’s a house DJ,” or “he’s an electronic music DJ,” and a DJ is supposed to be able to play whatever makes the people move. Now, it’s going back to people playing a more eclectic set of music. During the course of the night, I can play a David Guetta record, a Mobb Deep record…So you’re like, ‘he’s playing a dance record, and now he’s got everybody singing Mobb Deep!’ Like, ‘How did he do that?’ I don’t know anybody that likes one type of music.”

In listening to a few of DJ Jazzy Jeff mixes while working out, we pulled out some of the key songs that keep our workout going all night long.


Kanye West – Kanye Workout Plan

Womack & Womack – Baby I’m Scared Of You

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk

Bell Biv Devoe – Poison

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes 2

Frankie Beverly & Maze – Before I Let Go
For a great DJ Jazzy Jeff mix, click here

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