Phil Collins: My Life in 15 Songs

The singer on the critics who hate him, the rappers who love him and why he's also a little sick of "Sussudio"

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Home" (2002)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony called me up and said, "We've done a version of your song 'Take Me Home' and we'd like you to be in the video." I said, "No, I'm not in America." They said, "They can come wherever you are." I said, "Don't make me say, 'No, fuck off.'" But then I heard the song, and I quite liked it, and they agreed to come to Geneva. How could I disappoint these guys? They were nice lads.

My songs are often sampled by rappers, and it's deeply flattering, but I'm easily flattered. The [1996] Urban Renewal album [where hip-hop artists like Lil Kim and Ol' Dirty Bastard covered Collins tunes] was also very flattering. It shows that people outside the U.K. have minds of their own.

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