As reported earlier on our website, Amy Winehouse’s posthumous collection of songs is scheduled for release on the 5th of December, and the collection is titled ‘Lioness : Hidden Treasures’, and one of the songs titled ‘Like Smoke’ has recently leaked online, and it features a poignant tribute to Amy by rapper Nas, who was a close friend of Amy’s. In fact Nas, whose real name is Nasir Jones has been referred to in a song by Amy called ‘Me And Mr Jones’ that was included in her 2006 genre-defining multi-platinum worldwide smash album ‘Back To Black’.
Nas’s verses were recorded after Amy’s untimely death in July 2011, and the song has been produced by Amy’s long time producer Salaam Remi. The song itself is bluesy, and I dunno about you guys but the minute Amy’s stunningly powerful and smokey vocals come on, I get the chills. Nas’s verses are a touching tribute to a friend as well as a reminder of the amazing talent that the world has lost – “I be out in London, Camden, Huntin’ for the answers. Why did God take away the homie? I can’t stand it, I’m a firm believer that we all meet up in eternity, Just hope the big man show me some courtesy”.
This is one posthumous set that I’m actually looking forward to hearing, as I’m generally not too keen about posthumous sets, especially cuz I feel that the artist might not have wanted fans to listen to unfinished compositions. This one somehow feels different, and it’ll serve it’s purpose of continuing her outstanding legacy.