Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Eddie Murphy Records Reggae Song "Redlight" About Racial Profiling
Movie and comedy superstar Eddie Murphy has teamed up with Snoop Lion (still busy promoting his reinvention from Hip Hop star to reggae singer) to record a a very catchy and timely song about racial profiling in the age of stop and frisk and the Trayvon Martin murder trial.
The reggae track, titled 'Redlight', is credited to "Eddie Murphy ft Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg." It was uploaded to YouTube on June 27th backed by a video featuring footage of Snoop and Murphy in the recording studio.
“Redlight, stop right there where you are,” Murphy sings. “Emancipation [gone], race relations [gone], all our rebels are gone.” He later name-checks the loss of leaders like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King.
Best known as a comedian and the star of the Beverly Hills Cop movies, Murphy kept up a sporadic recording career in the '80s and '90s, releasing three albums and scoring a U.S. Number Two hit single with 1985's 'Party All The Time', which was produced by Rick James.