Eddie Murphy, who is more commonly known for his comedic talent and acting profession has recently taken a drive back down memory lane to the year 1985, and revisited his successful music career as a singer. According to Entertainment Weekly, earlier this week on, Sept 9, Eddie Murphy released the music video for "Red Light," his latest musical endeavor and what is set to be the first single off his forthcoming album "9." If fans or those who are just curious, are expecting a sound similar to the 1985 hit...my girl wants to "Party All the Time," where he teamed up with the late Rick James and provided a sound that mirrored a "party" lifestyle, "Red Light" is completely opposite of that.
After a 20 year hiatus from music and the release of his last and not so successful album, "Love's Alright," released in 1993, Murphy is back and could possibly make his mark in the music industry again. He has teamed up with rapper icon, Snoop Lion, previously known as Snoop Doggy Dog, to release a politically conscious and socially aware record with lyrics that speak to what's happening in the world around us. As the 52 year old plays his guitar and sways to the reggae beat, he recites these lines, "Gone is the breeze that used to be so sweet/Poison is the wind that blows/It can’t be long till the military come
With a knock, knock, knock on your door."
In another verse he goes on to sing, "Broken economy, the streets are dire/Even more than before/I need some betterness to take me higher/Feels like I’m gonna blow/Gone are the days when people used to say 'Everything is alright'/No place to run, now here your karma a come/With a knock, knock, knock on your door."
The single provides a message and incorporates the mellow rhyming style of music veteran Snoop Lion, which is definitely a way to grab attention from the music worlds of hip hop, reggae and even r&b. The only downfall to the song is the fact that it's Eddie Murphy singing it. For many who follow his career, like myself, it's difficult to see or accept Murphy in any other entertainment arena outside of making movies and making us laugh. So much so, that in watching this video I almost found myself wanting to laugh as if he was attempting to make a joke. But, it's far from funny as you can see from the lyrics and truth be told, it's a good song. If you close your eyes and totally disregard the funny man behind the guitar, the song actually works.
If this is an introduction to what we can expect from the forthcoming album "9," set to be release some time this Fall, with no official release date as of yet, then I for one am looking forward to it. Check out the video "Red Light," Eddie Murphy featuring Snoop Lion.