The anticipation levels couldn’t be any higher over in these parts when it comes to Nas’ new album Life Is Good but in the meantime we have been happily taking in all the leaked songs, interview excerpts and video footage from Nas’current European tour. Speaking of which, Nas just released this live performance of “A Queens Story” with Green Lantern from their Paris show. Check it out:
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And it’s interesting that he declares Marvin Gaye his favorite artist in that clip, because he’s described “Life Is Good” as his own version of Gaye’s “Here, My Dear” particularly because he’s holding part of Kelis’ dress on the album cover:
“I found it in my house and thought, it’s going somewhere! Either on the cover of my album, or burning in a garbage can.” He laughs. “I was angry when I first found it. Hurt and angry – but I don’t think she left it deliberately to hurt me. It’s just part of the dress, so I don’t know where the rest of it is. But it made all the sense in the world for me to … hold on to that.” He pauses. “I guess that’s just my personality.
“My wedding and my marriage was, for the most part, some of the most amazing times of my life.” He clears his throat. “She’s an incredible woman. It just ended really publicly, it seemed real bad. I guess this is my Here, My Dear album, that Marvin Gaye made. It might not be quite so much about the marriage or the divorce, but it’s still that kind of record for me.”
The latest song to leak off “Life is Good” is a brilliant tribute to his former lady love Kelis called “Bye Baby.” The song, produced by Salaam Remi and Noah “40” Shebib samples Guy’s “Goodbye Love” and we couldn’t help but to smile a little as Nas recounts his life with his former wife. If you haven’t heard it yet, you have to check it out:
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Do you think Nas will catch any flack for getting “sensitive” in song? Just a thought.
Hit the flip for Nas’ collabo with Amy Winehouse.
And we’re also loving his collabo with Amy Winehouse “Cherry Wine,” which we hear is nearly a decade old, but fits perfectly with the rest of what we’ve heard so far.
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In a recent interview Nas explained how the song came to be:
Among its highlights is Cherry Wine, featuring the late Amy Winehouse. On Me and Mr Jones from Back to Black, she’d sung about being pissed off at the prospect of missing a Nas gig; Salaam Remi worked on that record, and before its release in 2006, he effected an introduction. “He said: ‘There’s this girl, you guys are just alike, you write the same, you think alike, you share the same birthday,” Nas recalls.
“She was wise way beyond her years, dude. She was too wise. Man, she would call me and I’d be laughing the entire conversation,” he laughs. “We’d be talking about movies, music … she wouldn’t soften the blow when she said what she had to say, it didn’t matter who she was talking about.”
We never would have thought that Nas and Amy would have had so much in common, but we loved reading about his friendship with her. She’s definitely missed.