How Could It Be is Eddie Murphy's debut musical studio album that was released on July 20, 1985 by Columbia Records.


  1. Do I 3:56
  2. C-O-N Confused 3:41
  3. How Could It Be (featuring Crystal Blake) 4:39
  4. I Wish (I Could Tell You When) 4:28
  5. Party All The Time (featuring Rick James) 4:12
  6. I, Me, Us, We 4:41
  7. My God Is Color Blind 4:42
  8. Everything's Coming Up Roses 4:34

Chart PerformanceEdit

"How Could It Be" peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA with certified units/sales of 500,000.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Robert Christgau gave the album a "C" minus, writing that it "also typifies the one-worlder cheerleading of a lyricist who can't be as bright as we'd hoped him to be in his finest moments--he's got politics like Jerry Lewis, only with less soul."

Allmusic's Jason Ellis wrote: "Despite his best intentions, How Could It Be is often marred by its lack of great material, and Murphy's voice is thin and often lacking control."

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