N-Dubz’ Fazer is set to work with Phil Collins.
The rapper – who is joined by Dappy and Tulisa Contostavlos in the group – is launching a solo project which will see him collaborate with the Genesis singer, Sting and The Script to allow him to “branch out musically.”
Fazer – real name is Richard Rawson – told the Daily Record newspaper: “The last 12 years I’ve been very locked in with N-Dubz and haven’t branched out musically.
“Everyone will be expecting I’m going to work with Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk, but I want to do something musically credible that opens me up to different markets.
“I’m going to work with Phil Collins, The Script, and I’m already doing a remix of Sting’s ‘Englishman in New York’.
“I love 80s music. Dappy and I think music now is nowhere near as good as it was back then.
“We take our inspiration from them, the big choruses and how the songs are structured.”
Dappy – whose first solo single ‘No Regrets’ recently debuted at number one in the UK charts – also harbours ambitions to work with Phil, and thinks he was one of a kind.
He previously told BANG Showbiz: “I would love to collaborate with Phil Collins. There won’t be anyone like him again in music. He is what 80s music was all about. He’s just amazing.”
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