Two big developments for fans of Eddie Murphy this week: First, he’s joined Twitter, and second, he’s using it to push a forthcoming reggae album.
This isn’t the first time Murphy has made a foray into music, of course. In addition to the singing he’s done in his comedy and his acting—from Randy Watson (and his seminal mic drop) and Buckwheat Sings to Shrek and his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls—he’s been putting out music since the ’80s.
Between 1985 and 1993, he released three full solo albums, calling in some of the biggest names in pop—among them Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Nile Rodgers, and Michael Jackson—to collaborate with him. To get you caught up, here is a very brief primer on the musical career of Eddie Murphy thus far.
Murphy’s first and biggest hit by a wide margin is Party All the Time (1985), written with Rick James. The song, from his first album How Could It Be, was a commercial success, reaching No. 2 on the Hot 100: In 1989 he followed How Could It Be with his second album as a musician, So Happy, which featured production from Nile Rodgers and bass from Randy Jackson. This time his hit was the seemingly Prince-inspired Put Your Mouth on Me, which centers around Eddie doing a pretty good Prince or Michael Jackson. It was no Party All the Time, but it did make it to No. 27: