Today, the music community celebrates the birthdays of the late singer Amy Winehouse and rap artist Nas. The inimitable and ultimately tragic soul singer and the Queens-born rapper share September 14th as the day they both came into the world, as Winehouse was born in 1983, and Nas in 1972.
In honor of these two unique and influential artists, who were friends and collaborators before Winehouse’s untimely death in July 2011, we revisit their “Like Smoke” and “Cherry Wine” collaborations. Like Smoke” appeared posthumously on Winehouse’s 2011 Lioness: Hidden Treasures album, while “Cherry Wine” appeared on Nas’ 2012 Life Is Good. The latter was nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” at the 2013 Grammy Awards, but lost to Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and The-Dream‘s “No Church In The Wild”.
Amy Winehouse feat. Nas – “Like Smoke”
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Nas feat. Amy Winehouse – “Cherry Wine”