ISLAND FLAVOUR: Eddie Murphy sounds surprisingly rootsy-groovy on his bouncy new reggae single "Red Light," the lead-off track from his forthcoming solo album, 9. It features a cameo by Snoop Lion, whose own headline-snagging reggae offering Reincarnated came out months ago. Ever since his show-stopping Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls, we've known that Murphy is possessed of some powerful belting chops, but on the new single , he reveals yet another dimension: the cool-conscious crooner who's not afraid to showcase his inner reggae-loving soulster. Take a listen HERE.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Dancehall hotshot Konshens keeps reminding us that he's morphed into a highly marketable brand with wide-ranging appeal spanning music, fashion and other areas. According to online reports, the deejay's latest venture is a shoe line dubbed Konz876, launching Sep. 13 at New Kingston's Quad nightclub. He tells The Star, "I chose a shoe line because you can bring more culture into it. It takes a lot more effort as opposed to printing t-shirts, plus there is a huge market for it." To see the variety of footwear in stock, go to konz876.com.