The reason this is being posted is because he confirms that the stories about Rick James, and the basketball story about Prince are real. Apparently, they actually happened.
Here is are some questions from the interview:
You mentioned your brother Eddie—what was your relationship like growing up?
We were really different as kids. Eddie was always focused on what he’s doing now but I wasn’t into show business back then. I was into basketball, football, karate, boxing. I was gang-banging, I was experimenting with marijuana. I would say I was an all-American teenager.
Did being funny help when you were running with gangs?
Looking back, yeah. Hell yeah. It helps if you can make a grizzly bear laugh, you know what I’m saying? But I never used humor to get out of fights or anything. I was a bully, man. I used to have tons of fights.
Did you fight with Eddie a lot?
Oh, definitely. He could be irritating sometimes. We’d always scrap over little stuff. Like, he had acne as a teenager and I was the worst person to have as a big brother at that time because I made fun of him for it. Because I was bigger and stronger, anything he was eating, I was grabbing it off him. But I was a good big brother too, because Eddie never had to have a fight in his life. If you’re in my family, you could be in the wrong and I’ll still help you. I had always had conflicts about that because when I was young, I had this uncle who was five years older than me and he was getting beat up one time and I jumped in. Next thing I know, he’s looking down at me and I’m getting my butt whipped by the guy who was beating on him. I said to my uncle, “What’s up?” and he’s like, “Well, you started it. You jumped in.” I could never be like that. If you’re in my family and I see you in distress, we’re going down together. I teach my kids that too.
You worked as Eddie’s security guard for a while too, right?
I’m still his security, man. If I’m standing there and you mess with him, I’m still his security today. But I stopped doing that job because I used to react to shit you weren’t supposed to. Professional security teams have to ignore heckles and insults—I couldn’t. I’d walk over, like, “What did you say?” and punch the guy in the mouth. You couldn’t do that today, man. People want to act like babies and get lawsuits if you slap them. Or one guy gets a gun, kills the other and goes to jail for life. It’s all part of the pussification of the world, man.
That’s my invention. Pussification.
Nice. Let’s talk about Chappelle’s Show. Did that Rick James story about him ruining Eddie’s couch really happen?
Oh yeah. All those stories about Rick are totally true.
You and Rick always seem to be fighting in the sketches—did you ever just go for a friendly drink together?
Oh, me and Rick had many drinks together. Me and Rick were like two pirates drinking together, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum, you know what I’m saying?
Do you have another Rick anecdote that didn’t make it into the show?
No, there are no more. That story was a compilation of anecdotes that captured our relationship. But even if I did have more, to tell another one would be a discredit to the one you know. Because we all know that story is astronomically funny. If you hit a home run, you don’t think, “Well, I’ll try and hit another one,” because you already did it.
You must constantly get people shouting “Charrrlaayy Murrphaayy!” at you in the street…
Yeah, that happens all the time. I don’t find it annoying or anything because I understand the significance of a television set to the human animal. We all spend a lot of time sitting in front of the TV so when we actually see one of the images that comes out of it in real life, it’s going to have an effect on us.
How about Prince and the basketball game—was that really how it happened?
That’s all true, except that Prince had sneakers on for the game. He did actually change his clothes.
Are you still in touch with Prince? Can you give him a call every now and then?
Call Prince? No, I was never able to call Prince. Prince is Eddie’s friend, not mine. I never hung out with Prince unless I was with my brother. And if I see him now, he doesn’t even acknowledge me, man. So fuck him.
For those of you who, for some reason, don’t know the Charlie Murphy and Prince skits, here:
This is the Charlie Murphy one.
This is the Prince one.
I had googled it before, to see if the stories were real, and according to a few different sources, they were, but this is the first time I’ve seen it come from Charlie Murphy himself.
You can read the full interview here.