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Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures is slated for release December 5, but today we get to hear a sample of what’s to come. “Like Smoke,” a Salaam Remi-produced track, features the late singer’s signature bluesy growl alongside close pal Nas rapping on some verses. Amy’s vocals were recorded in 2008 while Nas recorded his rhymes after the singer’s tragic passing.
Amy opens the track, and it’s almost like she’s still here — her voice is as gritty and as moving as it was on 2006’s Back To Black. She calls upon her past experiences to sing of a tortured love: “I never wanted you/To be my man/I just need your company/Don’t want to get dependent on your time/Then lose the way you love me.” Nas is up next, and his verse is clear, crisp and composed. He raps about life, women and money, and as expected, the tragic passing of his friend Amy: “I be out in London, Camden/Hunting 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.”
The forthcoming Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures won’t fill the void left by Amy, but her songs have made an undeniable impact. Her unearthed material will undoubtedly continue to preserve her legacy.
+ Listen to Amy Winehouse’s “Like Smoke” featuring Nas.