“Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control it’s cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance
Give me a soft subtle mix
And if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it
And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the bass and let the alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme
And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime
School is out and it’s a sort of a buzz
But back then I didn’t really know what it was
But now I see what happened is
The way that people respond to summer madness
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best
Riding around in your jeep or your Benzos
Or in your Nissan sitting on lorenzos
Back in Philly we’d be out in the park
A place called the plateau is where everybody goes
Guys out hunting and girls doing likewise
Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes
She turns around to see what you beeping at
It’s like the summer’s a natural aphrodisiac
And with a pen and pad I compose this rhyme
To hit you and get you equipped for the summer time
It’s late in the day and I ain’t been on the court yet
Hustle to the mall to get me a short set
Yeah I got on sneaks but I need a new pair
Cause basketball courts in the summer got girls there
The temperature’s about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
Cause you’re invited to a barbeque that’s starting at 4
Sitting with your friends cause y’all remincise
About the days growing up and the first person you kiss
And as I think back makes me wonder how
The smell from a girl could spark up nostalgia
All the kids playing out front
Little boys messin round with the girls playing double-dutch
While the DJ’s spinning a tune as the old folks dance at your family
Then six o’clock rolls around
You just finished wiping your car down
It’s time to cruise so you go to the summertime hangout
It looks like a car show
Everybody come lookin real fine
Fresh from the barber shop or fly from the beauty salon
Every moment frontin’ and maxin’
Chillin in the car they spent all day waxin’
Leanin’ to the side but you can’t speed through
Two miles an hour so everybody sees you
There’s an air of love and of happiness
And this is the Fresh Prince’s new definition of summer madness”
Lyrics to “Summertime” provided by Lyrics Freak
Served up as the third single from Mr. Smith’s chart owning debut solo album Big Willie Style, “Gettin Jiggy Wit It” took hostage of radio airwaves in the late ’90s and instantly became a song that not only you knew and lived for (you know you did and just might still do today), but became a song that your mother, brother, father and grandmother all got down to on a regular basis, being that it was undeniably everywhere.
Mainly based around the infectious Nile Rodgers produced sample of “He’s the Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge (another Philly based music act), the “nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah’s” of the chorus were pulled from “Sang and Dance” by The Bar-Kays, all of which helped the track bulldoze its way to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks and earn the former Fresh Prince a Grammy in 1999 for the Best Rap Solo Performance. Yes, it’s true.
While there were many music outlets who considered “Gettin Jiggy Wit It” as one of the best songs of the ’90s (VH1 ranked it their 68th pick), but there were some, okay, most, who considered Smith’ s smash hit to be one of the worst tracks of the beloved decade. While, yes, at the end of the day, the lyrics are corny as all hell, but then again, wasn’t most music of the ’90s? Given some of the, um, stuff that radio unabashedly forces us to listen to today, suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad to get “jiggy” all over again.
And of course, we must always give it up to the accompanying Hype Williams directed video…because you just have to.
Released as the fifth and final single from his blockbuster Big Willie Style set, “Miami” is one of Mr. Will Smith’s biggest hits, as well as one that’s laced with one of the best ’80s disco grooves of all time-“And The Beat Goes On,” the timeless shimmering serenade by The Whispers.
Rightfully served to us in the chilly winter of ’98, “Miami” was an instant smash and became Smith’s biggest selling hit worldwide. The accompanying video would also go into heavy rotation on MTV (sigh.) and would go on to win Willie the VMA for Best Male Video the following year. Also, you might not have caught it then, but you certainly will now-the “Miami” video features an early appearance of Smith’s Hitch co-diva, Ms. Eva Mendes, who was just starting to ride the hot tamale train into the scene at the time.
Since we’re about to be kissed with some fabulously mild temperatures this week, there’s truly no better time to sit back, relax put those shades and get lost in probably what is one of the best sun-kissed grooves to ever come out of Philly.
Ay papi, indeed.