DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s 1988 music video reappears after being banned for 30 years!
A Nightmare On Elm Street, released in 1984 and directed by the late Wes Craven, quickly became a cult horror film.
The film’s protagonist, Freddy Krueger, became a horror icon in his own right with his trademark look of the stripy green and red jumper, the brown fedora hat and of course the leather glove featuring the four long metal blades.
The franchise became very successful with nine films featuring Freddy Krueger to date with the last being 2010’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, a reboot of the original film in an attempt to restart the series.
In 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the single, A Nightmare on My Street, which was taken from their album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. The song is obviously based on the film, A Nightmare on Elm Street and even features a sample from Charles Bernstein’s original musical score from the film.
By this time in 1988, the fourth film in the series subtitled The Dream Master was in production. The film’s producers had even considered the use of the song in the film but ultimately turned it down.
The owners of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, New Line Cinema, went even further and sued DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s record label, Jive Records, for copyright infringement.
The case was settled out of court and all subsequent releases of He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper had to contain a disclaimer sticker that read,
“Nightmare on My Street is not part of the soundtrack…and is not authorized, licensed, or affiliated with the Nightmare on Elm Street films.”
Jive Records had also fully produced and created a music video for the track which had been directed by Scott Kalvert, whose most famous film was The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The music video was ordered to be destroyed, never to be seen by the public. Perhaps if it had gotten a release, the song would’ve reached higher than the #15 position it achieved in the Billboard charts.
Earlier this year, Movieweb discovered some photos taken on the set of the music video shoot along with storyboards giving us a little taste of the banned video.
Out of the blue, the video then appeared on YouTube obviously taken from a VHS source. Unfortunately, because of the source, the regular frame dropouts made it difficult to watch. However, the music video was there for all to see!
This, of course, gained positive traction on the internet and it seems one person, in particular, took notice. That man was DJ Jazzy Jeff himself who uploaded the remastered version of A Nightmare on My Street to his Vevo account on YouTube.
Now we can finally see what got New Line Cinema so riled up thirty years ago.