DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - 'A Nightmare On My Street' (lost music video from rap duo; 1988)

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Cover of the song's single release.

Status: Lost

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince were a rap duo consisting of disc jockey Jeff Townes (Jazzy Jeff) and rapper Will Smith (The Fresh Prince) that were active between 1985 and 1994 before releasing a new single "Get Lit" in October 2017. Despite receiving criticism for not being as hardcore as other rappers, the duo ended up having numerous platinum selling albums and singles over the course of their career, and are still remembered fondly by many today, largely in part due to Will Smith's TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

A Nightmare On My Street

A Nightmare On My Street was the third single released from their second studio album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper. The song was a parody of the Nightmare On Elm Street film franchise, and featured Freddy Krueger (referred to as Fred in the song) terrorizing The Fresh Prince in what he believes to be a nightmare, until the end of the song revealed it actually happened, with Jazzy Jeff being Fred's next victim. The single was released on August 1st, 1981, and was a smash hit, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was considered for the soundtrack for the fourth Nightmare On Elm Street film The Dream Master, though it ultimately went unused. Due to its popularity, a music video was produced for the song that was directed by Scott Kalvert. The video reportedly cut between the graffiti covered white background used in numerous other videos by the duo, and various locations around The Fresh Prince's home, with the video being a recreation of what is described in the song.

The Lawsuit

Due to New Line Cinema, the copyright holders of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, never giving the duo authorisation to use the Freddy Krueger character, they filed a lawsuit against them claiming that the success of the song and video would do irreparable damage to a Nightmare On Elm Street based rap song the company had authorized and heavily endorsed (The Fat Boys Ready For Freddy). The lawsuit ended up being settled out of court, with the vinyl release of He's the DJ I'm The Rapper containing a sticker that said "[This song] is not part of the soundtrack...and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films", along with all known copies of the music video being destroyed. Due to it being unknown if the video was ever actually broadcast, there is a chance the video is lost forever, with all that survives being numerous fan made music videos, including a recreation of what the original video could've looked like.

Gallery

Fan recreation of the original video.