One of the holy grails of lost hip-hop media has finally, finally, FINALLY surfaced!
Behold, seen for the first time in the 30 years since its completion, is DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince‘s music video for “A Nightmare on My Street.”
The Halloween hip-hop classic has been in rotation every October for the past three decades, but the story of the controversial lost video was thought almost to be an urban legend.
Will Smith recorded the song in 1988 without the involvement or even permission of Nightmare on Elm Street copyright holders New Line Cinema. Once the single became a hit and duo were shooting a video with director Scott Kalvert (who later would directed a young Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries), New Line took legal action blocking the videos release and contractually asserting that all copies would be destroyed.
Further burying the clip, that year New Line commissioned one of the decade’s most popular groups The Fat Boys to record “Are You Ready For Freddy” for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Warriors that same year and actually feature “Freddy” actor Robert Englund rocking the mic, rapping as the pointy-gloved one himself.
This undertaking had lead doubt and speculation over the following decades as to whether the video was actually shot. It wasn’t until last week when Bloody Disgusting somehow acquired promotional still images from the video shoot – and being even those images were thought destroyed, nobody thought the full clip would surface.
Presenting, for the first time ever, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare on My Street!”