With Eddie Murphy‘s comedy and movie achievements, it’s easy to forget that he’s had a few endeavors into music. The man actually has a pretty good voice — you can hear it in this famous Saturday Night Live sketch with Stevie Wonder — but he isn’t a great songwriter. For an example, look no further than this unfortunate collaboration with Michael Jackson.
Murphy, 53, hasn’t been deterred, though. He returns to music again in a reggae joint entitled “Oh Jah Jah.” It’s pretty listenable once you get past the fact that this is Eddie Murphy doing a reggae song. Over a very traditional instrumental, Murphy touches on socially conscious themes (like police brutality).
Other than the lyrics, this song doesn’t sound that far apart from “Red Light” — the reggae collaboration he released with Snoop Dogg in 2013. It’s worth noting that he also collaborated with Jamaican great Shabba Ranks in 1993’s “I Was A King.”
Murphy has been busy even though he’s stayed away from the silver screen after 2012’s lackluster A Thousand Words. He told Rolling Stone that he has 20 years of unreleased music collaborations and even has enough to make a jazz or country album. Murphy might even release a reggae album, “If people respond to [“Oh Jah Jah”].” But for now, listen to “Oh Jah Jah” below.
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