Cherry Wine feat. Amy Winehouse
With new album, Life is Good, ready for a July 17 release, Nas premiered a new taste of his tenth LP on BBC radio Tuesday night, a track called Cherry Wine. And while the forthcoming record promises to feature collaborators including Drake and Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross and Mary J. Blige (we could go on), this just-released tune features the rapper sharing time with an especially special guest star, the late Amy Winehouse.
Winehouse idolized the rapper (Back to Black track Me & Mr. Jones was a tribute to her fandom), and the pair became friends and occasional collaborators before her death last July.
Nas said Cherry Wine came from God and Amy, and went on to set the scene of their time together in ’08. “Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We 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.”