He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (also known as I’m the Rapper, He’s the DJ due to the way the title is printed) is the second studio album by hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It was the first double album in hip hop music, in its original vinyl incarnation.
The album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 1, 1995, and is the duo’s most successful album. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source magazine’s 100 Best Rap Albums.
The album’s first single, “Brand New Funk”, was only released promotionally and, thus, failed to achieve any commercial success. However, the album’s second single, “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance and reached number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Although the album’s third single, “Nightmare on My Street”, which reached number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, was considered for inclusion in the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the producers of the film decided against its inclusion. As a result, later vinyl pressings of the album contain a disclaimer sticker that says, “[This song] is not part of the soundtrack…and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films.”
While released as a double album, Sides C and D were labeled as “Bonus Scratch Album.”
On the original CD, “Nightmare on My Street”, “As We Go”, “D.J. on the Wheels,” and the final four songs appeared in edited form, and “Another Special Announcement” was omitted. A German edition omitted “Jazzy’s in the House” and “Human Video Game” instead. On September 8, 2017, the full vinyl version was finally issued on a double CD set that was released by Real Gone Music under license from Sony Music Entertainment.