Eddie Murphy track dethrones Sister Nancy, Bob Marley
"If people respond to Oh Jah Jah, then I might." That was the answer actor Eddie Murphy gave to Rolling Stones Magazine when they asked him about the release of an album. Now, with the track at number one on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart, an album may be in the wings and a few reggae tracks may be included in the collection.
In a recent online interview, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae and listed Garnet Silk, Chronixx and Beenie Man among his favourite Jamaican artistes.
"My favourite (Jamaican artiste) right now is Chronixx. I also like Beenie Man and I like old stuff too. I like Garnet Silk and, of course, I love Bob Marley," he said.
Despite the attention Oh Jah Jah is generating, this isn't the first time Murphy has tried his hand at reggae. In 1993, the actor collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. In the summer of 2013, he released a collaboration with Snoop Lion, Red Light.
Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in a year. The reggae track released by VPAL Classic, the digital arm of VP Records, overthrew Sister Nancy's Bam Bam and Marley and the Wailers' Three Little Birds, to claim the top spot on the musical chart just days after its official release on January 27. Bam Bam and Three Little Birds are now at second and third place, respectively. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna, by Shifta and Che'Nelle, and Matisyahu's One Day.
Eddie Murphy, 53, was one of the hottest names in entertainment during the 1980s. He was the star attraction on Saturday Night Live before branching out into hit movies such as 48 Hrs, Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. In recent weeks, the artiste revealed that while he loves acting, music is also a part of him and has even hinted at a possible album release in the future.