Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer turned solo artist, has retired from making music. This is sad news for his army of worldwide fans, most of whom presumably have sizable classic rock collections. But it's also news that will devastate a demographic one might not automatically associate with songs like “In The Air Tonight” and “Sussudio”: Rappers.
For some never properly explained reason, hip-hop artists have enthusiastically gravitated towards Collins' catalog of work. Brooklyn's fire-arm-infatuated M.O.P. once described Collins in interview as “dope.” (Lil' Fame also said, “Kenny G, he makes music for black people,” in the same session, although that's probably a whole other listicle). And along with the many rappers who've been unable to resist sampling Collins' classics, there was even a rap and R&B tribute album released in his honor back in 2001. Here, then, are five stand-out examples of Phil Collins' unlikely hip-hop army.
5. Ol' Dirty Bastard, “Sussudio”
In theory, the idea of Ol' Dirt Dog covering any iconic pop song from the '80s has the potential to be riotously entertaining. And technically, ODB was still roaming the Earth when his cover of Collins' “Sussudio” was released in 2001, as part of the Urban Renewal project. Sadly, the finished song sounds like another case of a few cobbled-together ODB verses of dubious heritage, this time over a limp dance and R&B hybrid beat. It's a shame, as the idea of ODB re-creating the original song's video, set in a dour and dank English pub, would have been a recipe for major comedy.