“I’m not a Rasta” – Eddie Murphy
Actor and Comedian Eddie Murphy is once again dabbling in music with his second reggae infused single ‘Oh Jah Jah’, which is just four minutes of “Oh hey there, did you know I love Bob Marley?”
This track follows up his 2013 release ‘Red Light’ with the then-recently-transformed Snoop Lion (Dogg/Zilla).
Although the song isn’t painfully bad, it’s just about as obvious as you can get for a reggae release. From the faux Jamaican accent, upstroke guitar, Stevie Wonder-esque organ jabs and lyrics about gods’ greatness and the over use of the word “Jah”, this just might not work out for Mr. Murphy.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Murphy states “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“. Murphy then goes on to explain the original concept of the track before he decided to simplify its lyrics and meaning “The first lyric in that song goes, “The devil’s on the move.” Originally it was “Ebola’s on the move,” but I was like “Ebola’s gonna be over, and the song will be dated.”
Will Eddie Murphy’s music career take off? or will this be forever viewed as a tokenistic attempt at reggae by a famous comedian? Regardless we must admit, it is at least pretty fucking funny. His day job isn’t bad either.