Nas’s new record “Life is Good” is due out July 17, and last night BBC Radio 1 premiered the track “Cherry Wine,” which features a posthumous appearance with Amy Winehouse.
Nas, who collaborated with Winehouse in 2008 on the track “Like Smoke,” had mixed feelings about this posthumous collaboration. He tells NME: “Part of me didn’t want to do the song… Amy and I share a birthday, so she was my sister. And she was just so much fun to be around. …We were all hoping she would pull through and come back.”
Understandable, but it’s a good thing he went through with it—the track is excellent. Winehouse’s voice fits perfectly with Salaam Remi’s production and finds her sounding a little like Nina Simone—a perfect compliment to Nas’s verses. Take a listen to Nas’s “Life is Good” collaboration with Rick Ross here.