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The late Amy Winehouse has been resurrected on Nas' newest track, “Cherry Wine.” Nas released the exclusive collaboration between him and the soul singer on Tuesday. The track is to be featured on Nas' July 17th album, Life is Good.
Nas and Winehouse were together for recording sessions back in 2008. They produced, “Like Smoke,” which appeared on Winehouse's posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasure. They also had “Cherry Wine” in the works. Nas admitted to Billboard that “part of me didn't want to do the song,” when asked about recording with Winehouse's music after her death. But after reflecting on his special relationship with Winehouse and how much it would mean to her fans, he gave in. “It's a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she's not here. I'm happy…the sweet part is that we do have the music,” says Nas.
Nas and Amy are not only good friends who he admits, “would just crack me up,” but they also shared a birthday. Nas considers her his sister. It was also speculated that Amy Winehouse had a crush on the Queens rapper after the release of her “Me and Mr. Jones” track. Jones, as in Nasir Jones. Amy sings, “nobody stands between me and my man because it's me and Mr. Jones.” Nas confirmed that there was probably some truth to these rumors because in the line, “Mr. Destiny, 9 and 14,” Nas admits that his friend was referring to his daughter, Destiny and their shared birthday, September 14th.
Their latest duet, “Cherry Wine,” proves to listeners that the two musicians share much more than a birthday. They both reflect on the search for their ideal mate over a breezy, jazz beat and a throwback-soul, yet contemporary vibe that we would expect from a Nas x Winehouse collaboration. Nas is searching for a woman who likes the same champagne and who will “teach him how to live, she ain't afraid to live.” Winehouse appears on the chorus asking, “where is he?” also looking for her ideal man. She then concludes that she may never find him and adds, “and I'm alone, and I realize that when I get home I wanna go through my cherry and my red.”
Listen to the Nas x Winehouse “Cherry Wine” track below.
Just in case you still can't get enough of Amy Winehouse, her father Mitch Winehouse, admitted in a BBC News interview this week that there was still unheard music and “I'm sure that we will get another album out, if not two.” Amy Winehouse lives on!