Just when you think Eddie Murphy is finished singing and all is right with the world, he goes back to the booth to spit hot fire (shouts to Dylan). This time he has decided to drag Snoop Dogg (or as I see people referring to him these days Snoop Dogg-Lion) down with him on the cookie cutter reggae track “Redlight” – a one-off single that is hopefully the last of its kind. The only explanation we have for this is that Snoop called Eddie up on his opulent phone and said, Yo. We need to do some sh**zle like that “You don’t have to put on the red liiiight” scene in 48 Hours!”–and then at some point they forgot they were joking and decided to just go for it.
Whether this was intended to be humorous or not, your first inclination will be to laugh out loud and you should probably follow it. This footage is a fountain of comedic gold and that is where its redeeming qualities begin and end. Well, no. That’s not true. This is still better than “Accidental Racist.” While the message is all irie and über-positive, it just isn’t enough for this track to grab anyone outside of Yo Gabba Gabba‘s target audience. The sensitively thuggish adlibs toward the end of the track are also hilarious, but nothing is funnier than Eddie Murphy’s refusal to put the mic down. If only this were available in HD! As it stands today, Eddie Murphy’s singing career may have taken a few steps back. A retrospective of his storied catalog should make one thing abundantly clear: “Boogie In Your Butt” was way, way better than “Redlight” will ever be. Check the video below and head over to LargeUp for the official breakdown of this foolishness.