Eddie Murphy is one of the world’s most famous actors. He’s also known for his stand up comedy and music but most probably you’ll have seen him acting in some of the biggest films including Shrek, The Nutty Professor and those Beverly Hills Cops movies.
However Eddie Murphy is making his comeback to the music scene and recently spoke about that journey with Rolling Stone magazine.
Prior to speaking with Rolling Stone magazine Eddie unveiled the official artwork for his first music release in 20 years ‘Red Light’ which features Snoop Dogg under his new alias Snoop Lion.
Eddie Murphy is also expected to release his sixth studio album ‘9’ later this year.
Speaking to the world famous music magazine Murphy spoke about how he got to releasing the new song: “I had so much stuff recorded. Everything that’s on the shelf, it’s not a masterpiece but I got a lot of s**t that’s really strong stuff.”
Murphy went on to say: “I was like, ‘I’ve got enough to do a whole record here that stands up on its own’. Because I didn’t want to leave it at ‘Party All the Time’. It’s a good song, but I didn’t want to leave it there.”
He continued: “I’ve been in this business for 35 years, and after a while, if you’re an artist like a really, really long time, it stops being a performance. I’m not performing anymore. I reveal myself to the audience. I reveal myself. That’s the show now.
“It’s like here, here’s me. I show you some of me. It’s not a show no more. I’m like, I don’t care if you don’t like it or think, ‘Oh, it’s wack’. It’s like, hey this is me, this is a track. It’s not a show. It is what it is.”
Eddie also spoke about Snoop Dogg also got involved with the new record under his alias ‘Snoop Lion’: “Well, I loved Snoop from ever since and when he turned into Snoop Lion, I was checking to see how he was coming.”
“I tracked that song around the same time I started hearing about him doing Snoop Lion. And I was like, ‘Yo, if he’s Snoop Lion now, he can jump on this track’, because I wanted to have a rapper on it. It was perfect. He’s Snoop Lion, I got this reggae track. It was like just meant to be.”
Hoping to combine comedy and music Eddie spoke about his plans to return to the stage for live performances: “Ultimately, when I go back to the stage, I want to be able to do everything. I want to be able to do music and comedy and all that stuff, that’s what all this stuff is leading to.
He went on to say: “Like, we gonna drop this ‘Red Light’ and I’ll probably drop another single or two, and I’ll probably start doing little kick-offs with my band, going around, put a band together, do little small basic shows. Get the band really hot.”
The actor continued: “And then in a year or two, do music and comedy and have a show like nobody ever had before. Ultimately, that’s what it hopefully all just leads to.”
Watch the official video for ‘Red Light’ featuring Snoop Lion below.