Parents Just Don’t Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Something a little different today! In the opening episode of season two of Parks and Recreation, we see Ron Swanson walk into Leslie Knope’s office with something important to tell her, and in true Leslie Knope fashion, she responds by reciting am entire rap song from the 80s. Just another day at the office, right? What younger viewers may not realise is that this is song is in fact a throwback to the much beloved music of Will ‘The Fresh Prince’ Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The song, released in 1987, predates Will Smith’s iconic sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air by three years. Parents Just Don’t Understand peakes at #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #28 in Canada and #87 in the United Kingdom, so although some more mature viewers of Amy Poehler’s hit show would have immediately recognised the reference, there’s a good chance some younger viewers have never heard the original. Until today! Enjoy!

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