Have you ever heard Will Smith’s 1988 rap song about Freddy Krueger? Well …

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The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

This is a story all about how life got flip-turned upside-down when his hit “A Nightmare on My Street” surprisingly led to Kid ‘N Play getting their big-screen debut in House Party.

The Fresh Prince recorded the song for A Nightmare on Elm Street IV because the film’s studio, New Line, was hoping to tap into the musical trends of the time. However, they eventually decided to use the Fat Boys’ “Are You Ready for Freddy?” on the movie soundtrack instead. (Diss!)

Jazzy and Smith nevertheless included the song on their album He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, and even filmed a music video for it.

Enter the lawyers. (New Line sued.)

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A “cassette” was an audio recording on tape and plastic. It was the most common music format before CDs and MP3s.

The video was pulled faster than a hand off a hot boiler pipe, and a disclaimer was put on the album.

New Line’s settlement offer gave the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff the option to star in two films for the studio in lieu of paying monetary damages out of pocket. But the artists chose to cough up the cash instead.

One of the two scripts they were handed was for the popular movie House Party. After they turned it down, the stovepipe-coiffed duo Kid ‘N Play were booked for the landmark starring roles. And that’s how they became the princes of a dope comedy franchise.

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Kid ‘N Play.

Without further ado, here’s the Ode to Krueger in question (accompanied by a fan video).


5 thoughts on “The Fresh Prince of Elm Street

  1. Yaas! I remember this song from my childhood and had it on cassette. And that detailed explanation of what a cassette is made me feel older than dirt. Lol!

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