Last year’s untimely death of troubled but talented songstress Amy Winehouse left a gaping hole in our musical landscape. Rapper Nas has helped patch that hole a bit by releasing “Cherry Wine” — his duet with Amy — as the first single from his upcoming Life Is Good record.

Nas tells NME, the track came from "God, and Amy," adding, “We [he and producer Salaam Remi] don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.”

But the decision to feature the song on his new record wasn’t easy. "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."

The track, while undoubtedly upbeat, features Amy crooning and scatting over Nas as he repeats the lyrics “Life is good.” The irony isn’t lost, and neither is any of Amy’s vocal magnetism — completely on display throughout the track.

Amy died on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27 from fatal levels of alcohol.  

Source: NME

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