Eddie Murphy-Red Light ft. Snoop Lion (Video)

I can honestly say that since this track’s release last week, it hasn’t left my rotation. Put aside any hesitance you might have when you see Eddie and Snoop Lion/Dogg listed together on a track, and you’ll probably find yourself having a little nod-along to it too.

The video doesn’t really do anything major in terms of enhancing the audio, though it does show Eddie’s taking this music thing pretty seriously- aside from his du-rag, there’s no comedy shenanigans or playing around. Instead, it’s a pretty standard music video from start to end, interweaving performances from Eddie, Snoop and their band with a light story of a young girl witnessing all sorts of negativity (arguments, random assault, arrests and such), with the latter working well enough with Eddie’s conscientious lyricism. There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before, but it’s a good fit for the vibe of the track, blending real issues with a touch of corny positivity for a family-friendly listen, and one that will hang around my playlist for a little while longer yet. It’s a shame this didn’t land earlier this summer as it would have been a great fit on those sunny day playlists, but nonetheless it’s here now and it’s enjoyable. Available on iTunes now.

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Eddie Murphy-Red Light ft. Snoop Lion

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There’s a significant portion of our readership that a) doesn’t know Eddie Murphy ever actually released music, and b) weren’t alive when he was Hollywood’s premiere comedy actor. Creepy.

Most outlets have shunned this as something to be laughed at or just plain odd, but I’m quite opposed to that- this is actually a pretty smooth reggae jam. It’s lighthearted and fun in places, conscientous in others, and generally just packed with solid melodies and an easygoing vibe that makes it irrelevant who the named artist is on the artwork. Eddie delivers a surprisingly good performance in the reggae mould, adding a new string to his bow with a convincingly-authentic performance that you’d easily believe was from an actual Carribean-dwelling act. That applies to both the vocals and lyrics, with the latter throwing forth a little social commentary that shows off Eddie’s more reflective side, though that ‘seriousness’ is balanced with the mellow delivery and the tropical vibes of the production. The beat is a very enjoyable backdrop too, combining gentle percussion with heavy doses of guitars, both acoustic and funk-driven, and brings a great deal of positivity and feelgood quality to proceedings, also ensuring Eddie’s lyricism doesn’t come across as too preachy. Snoop reassumes his Lion persona here, delivering a few short bursts through the final third of the track to add a little tonal diversity, and finishes off what is in truth a pretty likeable track. Many won’t go for it, but it’ll find a home in my iTunes on its release.

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