News: Nas Admits Reluctance To Reunite W/ Amy Winehouse, "Part Of Me Didn't Want To Do The Song"

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 4:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Nas recently discussed his duet with the late Amy Winehouse  on "Like Smoke," and revealed why he was hesitant to green light the record.

According to Nas, his personal bond with Winehouse stirred up some initial mixed feelings.

One collaboration that never fully came to fruition was a planned recording session with Amy Winehouse, a personal friend of Nas' who wanted to record a sequel to her song "Me And Mr. Jones" from 2007's "Back To Black." When Winehouse passed away, Nas reluctantly agreed to record a guest rhyme for the song "Like Smoke" on her posthumous release "Lioness" in December. "Part of me didn't want to do the song," he said. "Amy and I share a birthday, so she was my sister. And she was just so much fun to be around. She would say things about well-known people in the industry that she didn't like and it would just crack me up... We were all hoping she would pull through and come back." (Billboard)

Last October, Nas confirmed he was the subject of Winehouse's "Me & Mr. Jones" 2007 record.

Nas confirms to XXL that Amy Winehouse's classic song is about him... Rumor has it that Winehouse once had a crush on Nas, but interpretations on the song vary. "Mr. Destiny, 9 and 14," Winehouse sings, referencing Nas's daughter, Destiny, and the September 14 birth date she shared with the rapper. "Nobody stands between me and my man/'Cause it's me and Mr. Jones." Nas recalled to XXL about hearing about the Salaam Remi-produced song prior to its release. "I don't really remember if Salaam, who was really close to her, who introduced us, if he told me about it or not," Nas told XXL. "I don't remember right now. But, I heard a lot about it before I even heard the song." (XXL Mag)

Their "Like Smoke" collabo officially premiered online shortly after.

A bittersweet treat. My Hot97 family got the scoop on this new Amy Winehouse x Nas song, "Like Smoke" which posthumously fulfills the late singer's wish to collaborate with her friend "Mr. Jones". It's a gorgeous retro-soul track, in typical Winehouse style and produced by Salaam Remi back in 2008. "Like Smoke" is the lead single off Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a collection of songs Amy recorded before her death this past July. "...like a polygamist with a twist, will I marry again, maybe, I guess....I be out in London, Camden, hunting for the answers why the God take away the homie. I can't say that I'm a firm believer that we all meet up in eternity. Just hope the big man, show me some courtesy...." (Miss Info TV)

The Roots' Questlove recently revealed the late singer's interest in hip-hop and plans to create a super group.

"She's such a jazz snob. I couldn't stand it, but I was obsessed with it because once we exchanged information, she would always be on her computer sending me MP3s (like), "Listen to this." ... We spent a lot of time on Skype talking about crazy ideas and she schooled me about Sarah Vaughan. I schooled her about J Dilla. And she was like, "All right, we're going to start a super group. You, me, Mos (Def) and Raphael Saadiq." I was like, "OK." And she assigned homework: "All right, study this record." ... I really miss not having her here to school me on jazz; I thought I was a music snob, and I thought I had my doctorate in jazz, but no. There's so much more I could have learned. She's a teacher." (CBS News)

Check out "Like Smoke" below:

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