I got in my car the other day and NPR was on, as usual, and to my surprise, Boy George was being interviewed. I would recognize that voice anywhere. There were mentions of the 80s and DJing, but everything mentioned had a political jaunt to it. They talked about his rapping of a song called “9/11 Blues” and I was confused.
I have not really paid attention to Boy George’s music that much for a while, so I thought I might have missed something. But then they spoke about his other rap songs. What?
My response was that Boy George was creating a new persona that was doing political rap. This justified the whole interview not mentioning his hit songs.
When I got home, I looked up 9/11 Blues and to my surprise, it was done by Riz Ahmed, who goes by the name Riz MC. If I had not seen the video and then seen a Stephen Colbert interview, I would swear this was Boy George. In my opinion, they sound exactly the same.
I would love to hear Riz MC/Riz Ahmed sing “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” just once to see if their singing voices match as well!