Debuting last night on BBC’s Radio 1, Cherry Wine is one of the few remaining unheard collaborations featuring the departed singer, and will feature on Nas’s up-and-coming album Life Is Good.
According to NME, the two musicians hit it up for a songwriting session in 2008. Of the songs they recorded, Like Smoke appeared on the singer’s posthumous number one album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Salaam Remi, a long-term collaborator of Winehouse, previously worked on Frank and Back to Black.
Nas has described the track as having come from “God, and Amy”, further detailing Remi’s involvement: “Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.”
Also featured on the album will be team-ups with Drake, Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Swizz Beatz and Heavy D, though the Winehouse collab caused Nas to have mixed emotions on releasing it, as well as their previous track Light Smoke, which featured on her Number One album. “Part of me didn’t want to do the song… Amy and I share a birthday, so she was my sister. And she was just so much fun to be around. She would say things about well-known people in the industry that she didn’t like and it would just crack me up… We were all hoping she would pull through and come back.”
Check out the track below!