And In This Corner… (1989)—DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
We definitely take fault in the [over-the-top pop feel] of this album. We had just sold 3.5 million records of He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper. I remember getting a $900,000 check! I don’t care what anyone says. I’m from West Philly…I didn’t know anyone who got a $900,000 check. I didn’t know anyone that I could ask what am I supposed to do with a $900,000 check. Money will make the ugliest person think he’s the shit. It will make the dumbest person think they are smart. What happens is you get caught up to the point where your lifestyle changes. By then Will and I had moved from West Philly; we are driving different kind of cars. And we had different friends. I think the problem with And In This Corner… album was simple. ‘Girls Aint Nothing But Trouble’ and ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ were both universal subjects. But ‘I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson’ was only reserved for someone who knew the champ. We made that record because we were hanging out at Mike’s house. And everyday people didn’t know Mike…they only knew of him.
When ‘Mike Tyson…’ didn’t catch on it was kind of like, ‘Uh, oh.’ We caught it. We realized that we were tripping. We lost our core base of fans. You start making money and having arguments with each other. Your entourage becomes huge. It was the typical story. But also what people don’t pay attention to is we were 22-years-old. We were young, man. Fortunately, one of the things that we always said was I don’t care how mad I am at Will or vice versa; we did this together. We will never split up.
Still, we knew we messed up. We didn’t put in the time and the energy that we did on all the other albums on this project. And In This Corner… sold over a million, which was good to us, but it was deemed a failure because it didn’t do as well as our last album. We recorded most of the album in the Bahamas. We didn’t need the warm weather, the girls, the beach…we didn’t need any of that shit [laughs]. We made our other albums in my basement and now we were recording in the Bahamas with a bunch of people hanging around telling us we were the shit. We knew that before the album came out that this was not like the first two releases We learned our lesson.