Is it grammatically correct? No, but damn is it catchy. Over the years, Actor/Comedian/Singer Eddie Murphy has released a reggae track about as often as a blue moon, and on June 30th, he’ll be releasing his latest single “Wonna Deez Nites” through VPAL, a subsidiary label of VP Records.
For this song, Murphy teamed with Jamaican dancehall icon Beenie Man to create a wonderfully upbeat summertime tune. This song marks the first time Murphy has collaborated with a Jamaican artist on a song since he worked with Shabba Ranks on his 1993 single “I Was A King” from his album Love’s Alright, and is his first release since his early 2015 reggae chart-topper “Oh Jah Jah.”
Unlike his previous singles “Red Light” and “Oh Jah Jah,” this song strays from political undertones and roots-y instrumentals. “Wonna Deez Nites” blends Murphy’s velvet voice, choral harmonies, and Beenie Man’s signature fast-paced rhymes along with a traditionally exotic reggae rhythm that’s perfect for a lighthearted night of outdoor listening.
Murphy’s recent foray into reggae is seemingly becoming less of an experiment and more of a sought after commodity, especially with his gradual disappearance from the world of comedy. Although there are no updates regarding a full-length album, fans can continue to enjoy these singles until Murphy supplies the demand. “Wonna Deez Nites” is available for pre-order on ITunes now by clicking HERE!
Listen: “Wonna Deez Nites” by Eddie Murphy
Watch: Eddie Murphy – “Red Light” (ft. Snoop Lion)