By Gil Kaufman
The world got its first taste of Amy Winehouse’s upcoming posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, when the late singer’s duet with rapper pal Nas premiered on New York’s Hot 97 on Wednesday.
The tune from the album, due December 6, is called “Like Smoke,” and it was recorded in May 2008 and produced by Amy’s longtime collaborator Salaam Remi. It features Winehouse singing in her signature slurry blues drawl over a classic Motown downbeat as Mr. Jones serves up some of his knotty verses.
In fact, while Winehouse sings the five-line hook on the tune, it is Nas who does the heavy lifting, courtesy of two dense verses packed with references to his personal travails, from love and marriage to taxes, the recession and, way before it was a thing, a line about a tall freak who “wouldn’t protest with me at Wall Street.”
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