The respect and friendship between Nas and Amy Winehouse has been well documented. The two became friend through producer Salaam Remi. Now, after Winehouse’s passing, a collaborative track with Nas has been released through her latest disc, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
“We heard about each other [before meeting], of course, and we knew we shared the same birthday,” Nas recalled in a video interview. “Salaam [Remi] would tell us we both reminded him of each other. So, it was cool to see my crazy twin.”
Nasir went on to speak about how she reminded him of himself, saying their approach to music was similar.
“She was hilarious,” he added. “She would make you laugh. To her, music came so easy. Everyone else around her, I don’t know but I’m assuming they wanted her to put out a new record, but to her, she can’t do it unless it’s really time. Whenever that time is, only time will tell. She just can’t give you a record because she’s hot and it’s gonna sell records. Nah, that wasn’t her style. She was so nonchalant about it that it reminded me of myself.”
Noting that it’s a “bittersweet feeling,” Nas also shared his reasons for feeling great about their collaboration and why he feels bitter about it as well.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she’s not here. I’m happy. The sweet part is that fans have new music from her, new because they’ve never heard it. The bitter part is that she’s no longer her to really give it to us and deliver her music and for us to see her smile and hear her voice.”
The video interview can be seen below.