Monday 26 September 2011

Another example of Phil Collins' profound influence on Rap

Willie Dee - Trip Across From Mexico
(From Controversy; 1989)

When The Convicts released Illegal Aliens in 1991 as the stand-out cut on their self titled masterpiece, the general consensus was that the song was a wholly successful attempt to surpass Ice Cube's xenophobia. But Rap-A-Lot is a label that's always bequeathed N.W.A and Phil Collins with equal levels of reverence and so Big Mike & 3-2 would probably be the first to admit Illegal Aliens was merely retreading ground Ill Phil had firmly staked his claim on 7 years earlier with the most astonishingly racist pop single of the 80s:

Genesis - Illegal Alien
(From Genesis; 1983)

Even though the single version omits the lyrics from the LP version where Phil offers his sister's sexual favours in exchange for admittance across the American border, Phil's bizarre faux-Mexican accent, video costume and "over the border is the promised land/where everything comes easy, you just hold out your hand" stanza from the song are still more willingly offensive than anything Big Mike & 3-2 had to say on Illegal Aliens; The Convicts song is designed to shock, where the jovial tone of the Genesis banger makes it all the more jaw-droppingly racist.


done said...

Totally considered making a racist raps compilation there recently but thankfully not for very long, I'm not built for that. Wouldn't have been able to choose between this

or the inferior original that has Nina X's clarification "My pussys prejudiced - not only to the white man, but to anybody that is not black - that goes for mexicans and to any slanty eyed chink with a liquor store" anyways.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Unless you wear a fake-moustache in the video, you're half-stepping in your xenophobia.

Still can't believe the movie version of American Psycho didn't feature the part where Patrick extols the virtues of Illegal Alien.

done said...

I need to read that book.

The CritIQ said...

Eric Crapton did of course release an entire concept album about The Civil War; from the Confederate perspective.

Spartan said...

A very young Phil Collins has an uncredited cameo as an ice cream man in David Greene's problematic I Start Counting(1969).

Stumbled upon a 1080p rip of on YouTube and ended up watching it.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Any good?

Spartan said...

Yeah, it was cool.

Went in expecting a proto-slasher, ended up essentially a coming of age drama. The horror elements merely bookended the film.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Phil Cobain in that clip.