Music Review

Code Red (1993)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

The catchiest songs here hark back to the vocal momentum and party spirit of early- '80s hip-hop. Fresh Prince may be a nice TV star, but when he's taken away from Bel-Air, he raps as hard as Dr. Dre (and you don't need to be an undercover cop to decipher his language). Still, none of the new stuff on Code Red is nearly as eloquent about the suburban American experience as previous hits ''Parents Just Don't Understand'' and ''Summertime.'' B

Originally posted Dec 17, 1993 Published in issue #201 Dec 17, 1993 Order article reprints