Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy unveiled his plans four months ago to dive into the reggae music world with a new single titled “Oh Jah Jah.” Now, the track has finally received a companion video involving Murphy jamming in the studio, directed by Richard Gumbs III.
n 1993, Murphy first embraced his reggae talent when he paired with dancehall artist Shabba Ranks for“I Was a King,” fully equipped with a Portland, Jamaica music video. His next venture involved teaming up with prevalent rap artist Snoop Lion to craft “Red Light,” in 2013, notes People.Scheduled for release later this year, Murphy also collaborated on a track with Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man.
Murphy discussed releasing a possible reggae album with Rolling Stone in January stating, “If people respond to [“Oh Jah Jah”], then I might. If people don’t, that sh-t will just stay on the shelf where it’s at. And I’m cool with that. I’m cool with all my sh-t being on the shelf until 100 years from now. Everything comes out 100 years from now,” Murphy said. “Any artist that did anything, once you’re gone, they go looking through all your shit. Like this scrap of paper that you drew on. If I’m doing a movie or if I’m going onstage, that’s me being funny. But music, I do that all the time, for free.”
Despite the rasta star adorned on Murphy’s chest in the new video and other Rastafarian connotations in the song’s lyrics, Murphy explained “I’m not a Rasta. I’m doing a reggae track, reggae artists they say Jah, so I said Jah. I can call God Jah and not be a Rasta. The lyrics lent itself to this whole reggae feel,” notes Rolling Stone.
The comedian-turned-reggae-singer further divulged that major 2014 news events stimulated “Oh Jah Jah.” “I wrote that track the first week that Ebola jumped off, and Ferguson was going on – it was pulled out of the headlines,” Murphy said. “To say this stuff, it has to be reggae. You can’t touch on none of this with an R&B track, because people will shut down to it. But do a roots reggae song that feels like Bob Marley type of stuff, you can say it.”