Whatzupwitu

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"Whatzupwitu"
Eddie murphy-whatzupwitu s.jpg
Single by Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson
from the album Love's Alright
B-side"I Was a King"
ReleasedMarch 30, 1993
FormatCD single, 12-inch single
RecordedJanuary 1992
Genre
Length3:21
LabelMotown
Songwriter(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 despite being a featured artist, 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 until it was last shown on the MTV special 25 Lame.[6] The beginning of the video features Murphy looking through a puddle of water. In the puddle, there is a sad clown that says, "The elephant is dying." Then, there is an animated scene of three elephants standing on top of a sea turtle while holding the Earth on their backs. The scene changes to Murphy singing over various special effects over a blue sky, before Jackson appears and begins to sing along with him. The music video also features the Harlem Boys Choir singing and dancing around them. A video with the making of this clip was leaked on YouTube.

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
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[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. ^ https://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. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  8. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (Remix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  9. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  10. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  11. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Whatzupwitu (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. 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 Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2018.

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