Actor turned musician Eddie Murphy is taking another crack at Reggae with his new single song Oh Jah Jah released January 27 by VPAL Classic, the digital arm of VP Records. Murphy’s first attempt came in 1993 when he collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. Just two years ago, he teamed with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song Red Light.
Today, Murphy’s Oh Jah Jah is at number one on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. An album may be in the wings and a few Reggae tracks may be included in the collection.
Donovan Williams, VPAL’s manager, is reported to have said that Murphy produced the song which is described as a “cultural track”. He said the actor’s “people reached out to us” to help market and promote the single, which is Murphy’s second reggae number in 18 months.
In a recent online interview, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae and listed Garnet Silk, Chronixx and Beenie Man among his favourite Jamaican artistes.
Murphy, 53, was one of the hottest names in entertainment during the 1980s. He was the star attraction on Saturday Night Live, before branching out into hit movies like 48 Hrs, Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop.
That success continued in the 1990s, thanks to movies like Coming to America and Doctor Dolittle. Other Murphy hit films include Shrek and The Nutty Professor.
In the mid-1980s, Murphy scored two hit singles, Party All The Time and How Could It Be which were produced by Rick James.
He is currently working on a new album titled 9.
By: TCC Staffer