Warning: This story comprises spoilers from “Coming 2 America.”
Of all of the must-see musical moments within the long-awaited sequel “Coming 2 America,” which arrives Friday on Amazon Prime Video, maybe probably the most memorable one belongs to the person himself: Eddie Murphy.
Or make that Randy Watson.
That’s proper: The Jheri-curled crooner — certainly one of a number of characters that Murphy performed along with Prince Akeem in 1988’s “Coming to America” — is again for his encore 33 years after warbling “The Greatest Love of All.”
And this time — as soon as once more accompanied by his backup band, Sexual Chocolate — he is singing “We Are Family” with a lyrical twist: “We are household/I acquired Sexual Chocolate with me.”
“That was completely Eddie Murphy’s concept from begin to end,” stated Randy Spendlove, president of Worldwide Music and Publishing at Paramount, the movie’s manufacturing firm. “That is 100% Eddie Murphy, the brilliance of him … with all the unique members of Sexual Chocolate there within the background.”
It’s simply one of many methods wherein “Coming 2 America” honors the unique’s musical legacy.
“The authentic had numerous music, and the unique soundtrack was tremendously profitable, so it was large sneakers to fill,” stated Spendlove. “The nice information is that our director, Craig Brewer, together with Eddie, had such an amazing musical imaginative and prescient.Much of it was deliberate out prematurely, and a few of the nice moments got here collectively whereas on set taking pictures in Atlanta. These wonderful cameos kind of appeared on the final minute, which actually turned out to be one thing particular.”
One cameo-heavy scene contains En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa flipping their 1993 hit “Whatta Man” into “Whatta King.”
” ‘Coming to America’ was such an iconic movie for us and such a milestone in African American tradition,” stated En Vogue’s Cindy Herron. “So once we acquired the decision to take part within the movie and are available collectively and redo ‘Whatta Man’ with Salt-N-Pepa, we have been simply over the moon.”
Filming the scene on the top-secret set at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta “was like strolling into Zamunda,” stated Herron of the fictional African nation wherein a lot of the movie takes place. “The element within the set design, the element that they gave to the costumes — all the things was so beautiful. And then you definately had all this expertise.”
Of course, that star-studded expertise included Salt-N-Pepa, who made it “Whatta” reunion. “Salt-N-Pepa deliver it! Those women are queens,” stated Herron. “All of us collectively, it simply felt like, ‘Oh, my God, the lady energy proper now!’ “
As if that weren’t sufficient, in the identical scene there’s additionally a musical cameo from the legendary Gladys Knight, who turns “Midnight Train to Georgia” into “Midnight Train From Zamunda.”
“It was conceived in kind of a conference-room setting,” stated Spendlove. “When it was really taking place, folks have been simply laughing so laborious. You can think about everyone rolling on the ground. It was actually simply a type of magical days on the set.”
Meanwhile, R&B star Teyana Taylor — who performs Bopoto within the movie — places her personal attractive spin on Prince’s “Gett Off.” “Once once more, the facility of ‘Coming to America’ [means] you’ll be able to go after a Prince tune,” stated Spendlove.
And in a nostalgic nod to royal servant Oha (Paul Bates)singing “She’s Your Queen to Be” within the authentic, the character busts out his pitchy falsetto as soon as once more on “Gett Off.”
“Everything was achieved with an actual heartfelt intention to honor film one,” stated Spendlove.
That included updating the title tune “Coming to America.”Nile Rodgers, who produced the System’s authentic, returns to do a recent take on the tune. “He stated, ‘What if we see if we are able to get John Legend to sing with Burna Boy and make it a world concept,” stated Spendlove. “Nile Rodgers helped pull that collectively.”
Nigeria’s Burna Boy is certainly one of many African artists represented within the movie, on the soundtrack and on a companion album titled “Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired by ‘Coming 2 America.'”
“It was a part of the DNA of this movie, and it made sense,” stated Sipho Dlamini, CEO of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan South Africa, who labored on the inclusion of African expertise. “This time round, there’s an opportunity to deliver artists from the continent who’ve wonderful sounds, rhythms and tones that remember the variety of tradition that’s Africa.”