Whatzupwitu

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"Whatzupwitu"
Single by Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson
from the album Love's Alright
Released March 30, 1993
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded January 1992
Genre Pop, R&B, psychedelic, Soul
Length 3:21
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Eddie Murphy
Trenten Gumbs
Producer(s) Eddie Murphy
Trenten Gumbs
Eddie Murphy singles chronology
"I Was a King"
(1993)
"Whatzupwitu"
(1993)
"Desdemona"
(1993)
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Give In to Me"
(1993)
"Whatzupwitu"
(1993)
"Will You Be There"
(1993)

"Whatzupwitu" (pronounced "What's up with you") is a 1993 R&B song by Eddie Murphy, featuring Michael Jackson. It is included as the sixth track on Murphy's third studio album Love's Alright. Jackson decided to participate in the song and video since he thought the lyrics had a positive message.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic editor Steven McDonald wrote that Jackson steals "Whatzupwitu" outright.[2]

Music video[edit]

"Whatzupwitu" has been noted for its music video, directed by Wayne Isham and Klasky Csupo,[3] [4] which was inspired by the album's cover art and also uses computer graphics.[5] This followed Murphy's guest appearance in Jackson's music video for "Remember the Time". It was voted by MTV viewers in 1999 as the third worst music video of all time, and permanently retired on the channel. It was last shown on the MTV countdown 25 Lame.[6]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi single (Netherlands)[7]
  1. "Whatzupwitu" (album version) – 3:21
  2. "Whatzupwitu" (instrumental version) – 3:21
  3. "I Was a King" (radio edit) – 4:05
12" promo (US)[8]
  • A1. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix full) – 7:21
  • A2. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix edit) – 3:52
  • A3. "Whatzupwitu" (Hip hop remix) – 4:47
  • B1. "Whatzupwitu" (Eclipse mix) – 6:30
  • B2. "Whatzupwitu" (LP version) – 3:21
  • B3. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix dub) – 6:34
12" single (US)[9]
  • A. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub Full mix) – 7:12
  • B1. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix edit) – 3:52
  • B2. "Whatzupwitu" (Hip hop remix edit) – 3:47
CD promo (US)[10]
  1. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix edit) – 3:52
  2. "Whatzupwitu" (Hip hop remix edit) – 3:47
  3. "Whatzupwitu" (Klub mix full) – 7:21
  4. "Whatzupwitu" (Eclipse mix) – 6:30
  5. "Whatzupwitu" (Hip hop remix) – 4:47
  6. "Whatzupwitu" (LP version) – 3:21
CD single (France)[11]
  1. "Whatzupwitu" – 3:21
  2. "Whatzupwitu" (instrumental) – 3:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 88
France (SNEP)[13] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu". MjTunes. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/loves-alright-mw0000617866
  3. ^ "Eddie Murphy - "Whatzupwitu"". mvdbase.com. 1993-04-19. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/19980704141530/http://www.klaskycsupo.com/data/TV/TVspecials.html
  5. ^ Eddie Murphy ft Michael Jackson - Whatzupwitu
  6. ^ "MTV 25 Lame (Worst Music Videos)". Inthe00s.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (Remix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eddie Murphy – Whatzupwitu" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eddie Murphy – Whatzupwitu" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Eddie Murphy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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