Eddie Murphy has been quite reticent in recent years. He hasn't made any major appearances besides that painfully awkward monologue
during the SNL 40th Anniversary show. And instead of making a glorious return with a comedy special or a lead-role in a Hollywood blockbuster, he made the other obvious choice: to become a reggae artist. He dropped an unexpectedly dope irie jam with Snoop Lion back in 2013 called "Red Light,"
and now he's back oh his own to deliver more 'uplifting' vibes.
Entitled, "Oh Jah Jah," his latest track is lyrically a run-through of Rastafarianism 101: Babylon, Zion, Jah, and the unfortunate state of society are all covered. While he's certainly not breaking any new ground, he's making a respectful contribution to the genre. The musicianship is top-notch, and Murphy's voice sounds, dare I say it, Marley-esque. And the fact is, as a reggae fan, I'd listen to it. That being said, however, I can't get over watching Eddie Murphy stare into the camera saying "Jah Jah Jah" over and over again. It makes me giggle, and plays more like an SNL skit when I'm sure it's not meant as a joke.
There's definitely merit in reinventing yourself, and Eddie seems to have found a viable medium through which to do so. And as long as it's not "Party All The Time," I'll pick up whatever the Murphster is putting down.
Check out "Oh Jah Jah" and the significantly-less-irie "Party All The Time" below.