Long before Budweiser popularized the "Whatzuuuuup" catchphrase, Eddie Murphy made a song out of it, asking "Whatzupwitu."
Murphy is a legendary comedian and a capable singer who had some famous friends that enabled his music endeavors. In 1985, he had a huge hit with "Party All the Time
," written and produced by Rick James. "Whatzupwitu" features vocals from Michael Jackson, who also appears in the video. The novelty of Murphy singing had passed, so Jackson was the real draw on this one. He was still red hot, floating on a number of hits from his 1991 Dangerous
album and not yet embroiled in legal issues. Murphy starred in the video for Jackson's Dangerous
track "Remember The Time
" along with Magic Johnson.
Jackson's starpower got the song some airplay on pop radio and MTV, but it got a tepid response. Murphy's Love's Alright
album stiffed, and he didn't return to music until 2013, when he released a single called "Promise (You Won't Break My Heart)