When I first saw an article titled, “Eddie Murphy Debuts Single Featuring Snoop Lion” at The Hollywood Reporter‘s front page, I clicked play to have a laugh. I expected some truly awful music, whether it be hip-hop, rock, rhythm and blues or whatever.
What I got was a glistening slab of acoustic tinged reggae with crisp production and perfectly mixed backing vocals.
Eddie Murphy has a hit on his hands.
I’m not a huge fan of reggae, ska or like sounding music. Fishbone and The Police, which is one of my favorite bands of all time, is as close as I get to the Jamaican dance music as I get.
That being said, Eddie Murphy just released the lead single from his upcoming reggae album entitled 9. The Dreamgirls, Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor star has largely disappeared from his once hugely prominent role in Hollywood’s comedy scene. The 51 year-old comedian has dabbled in music before, but never with much success.
The song, “Red Light”, features Murphy on guitar and singing an infectious little tune that is surprisingly catchy and fun to listen to. I’m not sure how it holds up against reggae standards, but for this greenhorn, the track succeeds at creating a groovy atmosphere that has little humor, but tons of character.
The artist-formally-known-as Snoop Dogg (who is now making Rastafarian music under the alias Snoop Lion) also shows up to punch up this very likable track’s appeal just that little bit more.
Give it a chance. I can’t stop repeating the track.
This thing’ll be right at home on a cruise ship or any late night hang outs come next summer.