This Day in Black History: Feb. 22, 1988

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince win first rap Grammy.

Posted: 02/22/2012 07:00 AM EST
Will Smith DJ Jazzy Jeff

On this day in 1988, the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded its first-ever Grammy award for Best Rap Performance to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (actor Will Smith) for their smash hit, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” The other nominees included hip hop trailblazers LL Cool J ("Going Back to Cali"), Salt N Pepa ("Push It"), Kool Moe Dee ("Wild Wild West") and J.J. Fad ("Supersonic”).    

 

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