DJ Jazzy Jeff And Will Smith's 'Nightmare On My Street' Video Was Unearthed In Time For Halloween

Andrew Roberts 1 Nov 2018

A long-lost piece of musical -- and horror movie -- lore has finally resurfaced after nearly three decades hidden in the grips of legal woes.

The video for Will Smith And DJ Jazzy Jeff's 'A Nightmare On My Street' has been unleashed online by whoever managed to sneak away with a copy back in 1988.



The video follows closely with the story from the song, detailing Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's encounter with "Fred" -- heavily implied to be Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street films.

The video is absent of the dream stalking killer, replaced by a version of Freddy that looks sports Frankenstein hair, Cyclops visor glasses, and a disclaimer at the end saying it has no relation with the Elm Street films at all.

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New Line Is Not Happy

New Line Cinema

This was not good enough for New Line Cinema. Despite the reports that song was considered for inclusion on A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the studio declined to use the song and ended up suing over the copyright and prompting the label to destroy the video that had been produced.

All except for one copy, the one that has now magically appeared online for folks to spread around and maintain forever. Someone is likely trying to fix the picture as you read this.

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Some Musical Background

The song itself samples the iconic tune from the Elm Street films, originally composed by Charles Bernstein and was the third single off The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff's sophomore album, He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper.

It was the follow up to 'Parents Just Don't Understand,' which ended up winning the first Grammy for Best Rap Performance and seemed to be a precursor to the intro to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air -- his mother does look the same!

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A Musical Nightmare?

Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff are not the first folks to tackle the dream master in musical form. While it is unofficial, it is just as good or probably better than most of the official songs related to Freddy Krueger.

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Dokken - 'Dream Warriors' From 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'

Warner Music

Before we got 'A Nightmare On My Street,' we got 'Dream Warriors' by Dokken. It was the theme for the third Elm Street film and came with its own video that featured Patricia Arquette teaming with Dokken to defeat Freddy with the power of their rocking.

It's a solid film. I won't say the same for the song...

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Freddy's Greatest Hits

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And who can forget Freddy's own album with The Elm Street Group, featuring the Halloween staple 'Do The Freddy.'

It is hard to think now, but Freddy Krueger used to be THAT big in terms of pop culture.

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The Fat Boys - 'Are You Ready For Freddy?' From 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'


The Fat Boys ended up getting the chance to perform the theme to the fourth Elm Street movie -- something New Line Cinema likely regrets in hindsight given the success Will Smith would find in a few years.

We can't forget that The Fat Boys technically were the bigger names at the time. Disorderlies had already been released and they had some established popularity. This also features Robert Englund rapping as Freddy.

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And Don't Forget Jason


If you thought Friday The 13th and Jason were just going to let Freddy have all the fun, you were wrong. To celebrate the return of the true Jason in Friday The 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives, the folks at Paramount got Alice Cooper to put out 'The Man Behind The Mask.'

It's a catchy tune and perfect for that movie given its more comedic nature. It just isn't too menacing. None of this is. Just a nice trip through nostalgia.

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