Bob Seger is Hall of Fame singer and songwriter with tremendous appeal, but it took some help from Hollywood to earn him an elusive #1 hit. This song was written for the movie Beverly Hills Cop II
, starring Eddie Murphy in his role as Axel Foley. The first Beverly Hills Cop
had a #1 soundtrack that boosted the popular fortunes of The Pointer Sisters ("Neutron Dance
") and Patti LaBelle ("New Attitude
"). For the sequel, it was Seger's turn.
Harold Faltermeyer, who wrote the score for the film, wrote the music for "Shakedown" along with Keith Forsey. Bob Seger wrote the lyrics, which relate to Murphy's character.