Nas reflected on the late Amy Winehouse recently, as well as dishing up his thoughts on singer, Frank Ocean.
Nas took a reflective moment during an interview with Rap-Up.com to think about his collaborations with troubled singer, Amy Winehouse. He then went on to say that people were listening to Frank Ocean’s music for the wrong reasons, and that it should be judged for its quality alone.
With the release of Nas’ most recent studio album, Life Is Good, very much on the cards, the interview turned to the subject of the collaborative work on the drop. A collab-light project, Nas’ work with Amy Winehouse on the album, is one of the few numbers which sees Nas pairing up with another artist. The track, Cherry Wine, is produced by Saleem Remi.
"That's my...wow," said Nas when asked about Amy. "Amy was just one of a kind. We just clicked like that. May she rest in peace."
Nas also said that he felt Amy’s spirit lived on, despite her tragically early death last year at the age of 27. "She's watching us, she's holding me down, and I'm holding her down here. It's just love forever," he said.
Nas went on to give his opinion on Frank Ocean, whose decision to speak about a gay relationship he had at 19 in a public letter has sparked a storm of celebrity response.
"Everybody's getting excited about records for the wrong reason," Nas said. "Listen to the music. The music is number one."
Nas’ album, Life Is Good, drops on July 17.
- By Fiona Guest