Friends, you might have already heard this news, about the ‘lost’ music video for DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s A Nightmare On My Street being finally found. It turns out that on November 30th of 2018, on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s VEVO channel a cleaned up version of said video was uploaded for everyone to enjoy.
Rumors concerning A Nightmare On My Street are that it was intended to be used in the film and on the soundtrack for 1988’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
As the story goes, the producers of the 4th Nightmare film decided to not use the song in the film. Which personally I think is crazy as it’s a fantastic song and the music video itself has tons of references and outright quotes from previous films in the series. In addition to a few nods to the likes of the classic The Addams Family television series!
A Nightmare on My Street definitely uses a sample of Charles Bernstein’s score from 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, which might be why the Producers of the 4th film decided to sue the record label that was releasing DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. Which yet again seems like a crazy step to take for something that is helping to promote the franchise itself – the song hit #15 on the Hot 100 after all. As a result of the lawsuit – which was settled out of court – the LP’s had a disclaimer sticker applied to them letting everyone know it didn’t officially have anything to do with the film series. Even the music video had two different disclaimers added to both the beginning and ending of it – just in case you forgot it wasn’t affiliated with the movies.
A Nightmare on My Street was preceded by the equally fun Parents Just Don’t Understand – although with this horror themed music video…you might be shocked at just how dark it gets.
To be fair while Will Smith most definitely describes Freddy Krueger in the song, they only ever call the supernatural foe in the video ‘Fred’.