Eddie Murphy is serious about returning to music. Today, the actor and comedian releases a new reggae track called 'Oh Jah Jah.' Now before you go thinking that the actor couldn't possibly sound good tapping into the island roots, think again. The effort is surprisingly good.

"Goodness gracious lord have mercy / You know I never ever never let the devil get the best of me," he delivers in a soothing croon accompanied by guitar licks, light drums and chimes. "We're leavin' Babylon and going back to Zion."

The actor spoke to Rolling Stone about his music career, including the hiatus between his last release, 'Love's Alright' in 1993, to now. "I stopped putting music out 20 years ago. I've never stopped making music. I've always had a facility for recording at the house. I've stayed in the studio for years and years," he explains, refuting the idea that he gave up music for two decades. "I didn't want to be one of these motherf---ers dropping tracks on some ego s--t, trying to be the actor-singer."

'Oh Jah Jah' will be commercially released on Jan. 27. Previously, Eddie dropped 'Red Light' with Snoop Dogg and the love-inspired track 'Promise (You Won't Break My Heart)' in 2013.

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