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Don't ignore Eddie Murphy's musical career, people

September 05, 2013|By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins | RedEye

Let’s get this in the open: Eddie Murphy’s singing career is, but for one shining moment, a complete and utter failure. The man who single-handedly saved SNL and is widely considered one of the best stand-up comedians of all time has released three musical albums and they all...well, underwhelmed to say the least. On Wednesday, Murphy (who also joined Twitter the same day) released his first single, “Red Light” featuring Snoop Dogg/Lion/Wolverine, from his new all-reggae album “9.”


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The song is harmless if not catchier than expected and already is one of Murphy’s 5 best songs ever. You’re probably asking what the other 4 are, huh? Allow me.

Put your mouth on me (“So Happy,” 1989)

Ah, that magical part of the late ’80s when damn near anything got massive airplay and success (this song went to No. 7 on the Billboard R&B singles chart). It’s a pretty by-the-numbers R&B song for that period and employs that go-go sound that still was in style after the successes of hits like E.U.’s “Da Butt.” Could easily have been recorded by any of the one-hit wonders of that era like Johnny Kemp or Surface. 

Boogie In Your Butt (“Comedian,” 1982)

This musical track on Murphy’s first stand-up album is a weird one. He lists a lot of things that you should put into your butt. There’s not much else to it. The bassline is pretty funky, though, and the song is funny. Man, music criticism is hard.

 I meant you no harm/Jimmy’s Rap (“Dreamgirls” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2006)

He shoulda won an Oscar, people! As Murphy made his best attempt to steal the movie, he recorded a bit that showcases both his versatility in voice and the fact that he actually can sing when he wants to.

Party All The Time (“How Could It Be,” 1985)

Easily the best. Murphy teamed up with Rick James and unleashed a smash single (it hit). It absolutely sounds like the ‘80s. It’s also the only Eddie Murphy song you’ll probably hear on the radio or out at a party. Classic. Watch the video. Now.

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