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Chris Stapleton Reworks 'In The Air Tonight' With Snoop Dogg

20 September 2023 | 11:29 am | Mary Varvaris

Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg and Cindy Blackman Santana reworked 'In The Air Tonight' to become the latest ESPN Monday Night Football Anthem.

Chris Stapleton & Snoop Dogg

Chris Stapleton & Snoop Dogg (Source: Supplied)

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Chris Stapleton has teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg and renowned drummer Cindy Blackman Santana for an immediately iconic rendition of the Phil Collins classic, In The Air Tonight.

The unlikely trio reworked In The Air Tonight to become the latest ESPN Monday Night Football Anthem.

Of course, Stapleton’s vocal is pitch-perfect, delivering a gravelly country feel to a pop-rock tune we all know. He rips a stunning guitar solo and, before you know it, hits a spectacular high note when he sings, “Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord!”

Snoop, meanwhile, somehow fits right in with his rap verse, where he says over a moody beat and lighting: “Rivals, us first, then survival. We must win, it’s tribal.”

But it’s Blackman Santana who has the most intimidating task: standing up to Collins’ unforgettable drumbeat (you know the one). Does she accomplish the feat? You can see for yourself and watch the new ESPN Monday Night Football Anthem below.

The new version of In The Air Tonight was co-produced by Stapleton’s longtime collaborator, Dave Cobb, who also produced Stapleton’s upcoming album Higher, which is due for release on Friday, 10 November.

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Higher is Stapleton’s first album since his 2020 release, Starting Over. According to a press release, the album “showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility with songs that span genres and defy easy categorisation.” You can pre-order Higher here.

In a The Music review of Snoop Dogg’s return to Melbourne earlier this year, writer Madison Thomas remarked, “Whether it’s spitting his featured verse on Katy Perry’s California Girls, or on DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win, Snoop shows over and over again why he is usually the best part of any song he appears on.”

Thomas added, “From the second Snoop takes the stage, all 6’3 of him, he does not take his foot off the gas. Every song is a highlight because his solo music is infinitely beloved, and his choice of collaborations has led to some of the most iconic releases in the last 30 years.”