that's way better than most. great song that I would play anytime. really hard to believe that's eddie murphy but he has a long history of being into reggae music. used to see him time to time in sacramento or SF for reggae shows at various night clubs back when he was fairly local (married some local gal; I think they are no longer though). and snoop dawg/lion looks right into it too, didn't really hang around long enough to hear him touch the mike if he ever does.
what with the crap coming out of California these days (groundation, rebelution, iration, slightly stooped, all that ****) this track really shines by comparison. I give it an A+
you guys have a good point about the "why?" aspect, but that's what strikes me about this (I have only listened once though...perhaps I was as high as snoop lion at the time) is that it does definitely draw on all the stock references, and yet at the same time, it strikes me as a pretty worthy tune delivered in a not too over-marley-ized manner, which to me is what kills most of these sort of attempts. it does sound a bit wailers-esque in the riddim department but I think it goes over well here. let me just put it this way: when I hear eddie murphy and snoop lion's names, I don't have very high expectations. those expectations are well exceeded with this tune. I will probably even buy it especially if it comes out on 7" somehow, and particularly if it were ja 7".
what it needs is a remix by dougie conscious and replace snoop with king general and you got something!
(I apologize for the faintly racist semi-rant at the beginning of this clip; this was the only clip I could find that had the complete skit on it, but there is some reference to Obama's supposed racist leanings and it kinda smacks of some right wing business that I haven't quite deciphered yet, so again I apologize for any inferences)
Not sure i would buy it but it is certainly much better than Snoop's own solo reggae efforts and also than a lot of reggae "productions" today - which is quite scary in a way! I like it better than what many of the Marleys' output, really odd! Quite reminiscent of some Morgan Heritage 2000's songs, with a pinch of Marley thrown in. Unfortunately, many JA reggae producers of the current scene should be ashamed when discovering this, the world is walking on its head! As for the snipe againt Californian reggae, that's at best a most unfair over-generalisation. I'm far from being from that area but i know a whole lot of fine (or even great) reggae bands on the west coast of the USA. Imho, none of those belong to the list you came up with, though (that is the most well-known ones on an international level).
I suspect that tune is something EM chose to do, really... why would he need to jump on any reggae bandwagon ? Lousy tactics to make some dough these days. And no, i find it more vibesy than any groundation tune with vocals, eh eh!