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DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cool Kids (DJ set), the Chaotic Good Member Picks Free Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Aug. 12, 10 p.m. 2010

To the general public DJ Jazzy Jeff will always just be the dude who costarred with Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the video to "Parents Just Don't Understand." But to serious hip-hop heads he's an elder god of the DJ scene, credited with popularizing the transformer scratch—probably the first sound that comes to mind when you think "DJ scratch"—and capable of turning the act of packing a dance floor using songs everyone knows into an expression of high art. (Check out his Michael Jackson tribute on YouTube for an example of his ability to make the most worn-out material sound fresh and new.) He's also a high-caliber producer who's worked with everyone from Eminem to Rhymefest, and his 2002 album The Magnificent is a high point in rap's neosoul phase. If you can get over the novelty act-ness and Will Smith-ness of the Fresh Prince era, you'll find that even the beats those guys were putting together back then straight-up bang. —Miles Raymer

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