Eddie Murphy has vault of unreleased songs
Eddie Murphy has revealed he has hundreds of recorded songs but he decided to stop releasing music because he thought his fans were "weirded out by it".
Eddie Murphy has revealed he stopped releasing music because his fans were "weirded out by it".
The 58-year-old comedian became a huge star in the early 1980s due to his outrageous stand-up routines and after becoming a major name in Hollywood thanks to his roles in movies like 'Trading Places' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' he decided to release his debut album 'How Could It Be', which included the R&B hit 'Party All the Time' which was written by Rick James Kevin Johnston.
Eddie followed it up with second LP 'So Happy' in 1989 but after releasing his third studio album 'Love's Alright' in 1993 he stopped sharing his music with the public because he felt his fans couldn't connect with him as a pop artist.
The Hollywood legend - who did unveil surprise reggae song 'Oh Jah Jah' back in 2015 to a muted response - said: "I stopped putting it out though, because the audience gets weirded out by it. And I don't want to be that guy."
Eddie has revealed that he has hundreds of unreleased tracks that he has recorded and when he eventually dies it will be discovered just like the vault of songs that were left behind when pop icon Prince passed away in April 2016.
Speaking to Krista Smith on her Present Company podcast for Netflix, he said: "I've never stopped doing music ... A hundred years from now, when I'm gone, they'll find all these tracks and they'll be like, 'Wow, we didn't even know this guy. We had no idea.' Whatever muscle I use to be funny ... I have a muscle to do music, and I use them both all the time."
Although Eddie is seemingly done with music he is making a return to stand-up and is reportedly in talks with Netflix to film a special for the streaming service for $70 million.
The '48 Hrs.' actor is also returning to 'Saturday Night Live' after more than 35 years away from the sketch show which helped make him star.
Eddie will act as the host of 'SNL' on its December 21 broadcast, as is one of the celebrities confirmed for the job along with the likes of 'Fleabag' star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kristen Stewart and Woody Harrelson.
Back in July, Eddie vowed to return to stand-up when the time is "right".
Speaking in a clip from Netflix's Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he said: "I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right. You have to get up there and start working out. Still gotta go to the comedy club."