Rap veteran Nas has opened up about his feelings toward the late Amy Winehouse and explained how much respect he has for the mark she left with her music.
Talking to BET’s “106 & Park” host Rocsi, Nasty Nas credited Winehouse’s realness as a key characteristic to her make-up.
“She was a genuine person,” Nas said referring to Winehouse. “She was like, real. When you talked to her, she was real. She was struggling with a lot of things in her life, but she was a real artist. She was like a sister to me, like a little sister. We had the same birthday so she just had this big, big spirit for this little body. You know what I mean? I wish she was here today, man. God bless her soul.” (“106 & Park”)
Last week, Nas tweeted about his love for the late Winehouse.
“Amy was my sister. Genuine person who spoke her mind & didn’t give a F*ck!,” he tweeted August 3rd.
“We shared the same bday! We was planning a party this Sept 14th! I gotta celebrate for her!” (Nas’ Twitter)
Last month, MTV published an Amy Winehouse interview from 2007 featuring her listing her most coveted rap duets.
“There’s so many people I’d love to work with: Nas, Mos Def. I’d love to work with Busta Rhymes, I’d love to work with Rah Digga … I love them,” she said in 2007. “I learned a lot of stuff about how to write songs from people like that. I just really like them, and if they like my stuff, cool. … If they want to do a track, I’d love to.” (MTV)
Following the interview’s publication, SOHH hit up Rah Digga to get her reaction.
“Me and Amy were good friends, we talked on Skype a lot,” Digga revealed to SOHH referring to the late Amy Winehouse. “We were trying to make that [collaboration] happen when she first said it. The first time I saw her say that was in a XXL article, I think, maybe back in 2007. So I reached out to her back then. But I think at that time maybe it was becoming, like, serious, her drug problem. So she kind of detached from everybody and went into rehab and I was doing my thing. We always kind of tag teamed each other but then we actually started really communicating amongst ourselves a couple years ago. Not like ‘My people are talking to your people.’ Me and her actually started talking to each other directly, a couple of years ago.” (SOHH)
Amy Winehouse passed away last month, however an exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
Check out Nas’ interview below: