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Classic Collaboration on the Way from Nas and Amy Winehouse?

Amy's personal struggles with drugs are infamous. And from the pictures it's obvious that she has still not completely recovered from the abuse she's put her body through. At only 26 she's aged tremendously in the four years since Back to Black.

Longtime Nas supporter and troubled singer Amy Winehouse was on hand the last two nights in London to help Nasir celebrate Damian Marley’s 32nd birthday.

Nas and Damian were in London touring in support of their critically acclaimed Distant Relatives LP. After completing a show at the Hammersmith Apollo, the duo joined Winehouse to club hop in the city’s SoHo district. The next night, Marley held a private party at the Kayashi Club.

Nas and Whinehouse became acqainted several years ago through their mutual producer Salaam Remi. Recently, Nas has cited Winehouse as a good friend and that they’ve exchanged song ideas over the phone. On her first album Frank, Winehouse heavily samples Nas’ “Made You Look.”

At press time Nas is working on his solo album and enlisting help from Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Alchemist, and the RZA.

A full review of the London Hammersmith show can be read here.

Amy Winehouse- “In My Bed”

Nas and Damian Marley at Hammersmith

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Since many outlets thrive on celebrity gossip, most reportings I’ve seen of this meeting are speculations on whether they are now an item (or have been in the past). That’s irrelevant to me; my main concern is if these two great artists are thinking of making some phenomenal music together.

Amy’s personal struggles with drugs are infamous. And from the pictures it’s obvious that she has still not completely recovered from the abuse she’s put her body through. And she may never. At only 26, she’s aged tremendously in the four years since Back to Black.

But at their lowest or most conflicted moments, artists can create beautiful music. One of my favorite singers, Billie Holiday, delivered one of the greatest albums of all time (Lady in Satin) after drug abuse had ravaged her once clear and vibrant voice. More recently, Mary J. Blige has yet to top her 1994 magnum opus My Life, which was powered by the results of an abusive relationship and drug addiction. Both Nas and Winehouse have enough ammunition from their personal lives to make very heartfelt music at this time.

Make it happen, people.

 

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