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Album: HomebaseReleased: 1991Charted:
This samples "Summer Madness
" by Kool & The Gang. The last words in the lyrics of the song also were "summer madness."
Released in the summer of 1991, the lyrics are about the joy of summer as lived by Will Smith (The Fresh Prince), and DJ Jazzy Jeff around Philadelphia.
This won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. There was some drama surrounding the category that year because Public Enemy, who were also nominated, boycotted the show because the rap awards were not televised, saying it disrespected "inner-city contributions to the music industry." Public Enemy was nominated the two previous years as well and also lost.
This returned to the UK Top 40 in the summer of 2013, thanks to an iTunes 59p promotion.