Written by Jonathan Gilutin, Bunny Hull and Sharon Robinson, Patti Labelle recorded this song for the soundtrack of the movie Beverly Hills Cop
, starring Eddie Murphy. It was a huge career boost for LaBelle, whose trio Labelle (famous for their hit "Lady Marmalade
") broke up in 1977.
Recording as a solo artist, Patti had released six solo albums but had yet to place a song in the Top-40. The MTV era was passing her by, as she was having trouble gaining new fans.
Getting involved with the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack was auspicious. She recorded "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" from the set. The movie premiered on December 5, 1984 and became the top film of the year, eventually taking in over $234 million at the American box office. The soundtrack album went to #1, providing great exposure for the song, which fittingly is about a confident, new outlook on life. LaBelle was suddenly in demand: her video for this song got her on MTV for the first time, and in 1986 she had a #1 hit with "On My Own
," a duet with Michael McDonald.