Jada Pinkett Smith recently shared nostalgic videos of herself and the late Tupac Shakur performing to Will Smith’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” with DJ Jazzy Jeff from 1988. The videos were shared as a promotional effort for her upcoming memoir, “Worthy”.
On September 21, Will Smith announced his plans to delve deeper into that era with his podcast, “Class Of ’88”. According to Billboard, the podcast will celebrate the hip-hop scene of 1988 with episodes featuring Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rakim, and Chuck D.
The podcast will explore the pivotal year of 1988, which saw the rise of Public Enemy, the success of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and the emergence of female MCs like Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah.
The Wondery podcast will consist of eight episodes and will be exclusively available on Amazon Music and Audible from October 26. Amazon Prime members can listen to the podcast’s trailer here.
In the trailer, Smith notes that while hip-hop now dominates pop culture, it wasn’t always so. He recalls how before 1988, many people viewed hip-hop as a fleeting trend. The trailer also includes insights from Smith’s A-list guests, including Queen Latifah who remembers how people used to say that hip-hop had an expiration date.
In 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper”, which included the track “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. This song won the first-ever Best Rap Performance at the 1989 Grammys. However, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Smith boycotted the event because the category wasn’t televised.