In the aftermath of the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse, many will remember the Londoner as a pop and jazz musical maestro. However, the gifted singer also left a monumental mark on the world of hip-hop, accruing a number of A-list rap icons as fans, along the way.
Most renowned musically for her autobiographical album, ‘Back to Black’, many hip-hop heavyweights were transfixed by her talent. In addition to Pharoahe Monch, Jay-Z also took Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ and threw down some of his own verses, in a remix that Winehouse at the time described as “really, really good.” Wu Tang legend Ghostface Killah, also remixed the singer’s soulful song, ‘You Know I’m No Good’.
In the past, Amy openly expressed her admiration for rap star Nas and even referenced her hit track ‘Me and Mr Jones’ after him. On the track ‘In My Bed’, from her debut album Frank, the songstress also used the same beat sample as Nasir Jones 2003 hit single ‘Made You Look’. After the news of her passing, Nas posted a tweet, saying: “R.I.P Sis. Why u couldn’t chill???? why the F*ck U Leave? Love U Sis!’
Snoop Dogg was so inspired by Winehouse’s wonderment that he proclaimed her to be the inspiration behind his album ‘Ego Trippin’. The Doggfather stated, by listening to ‘Back to Black’ he decided he wanted his next album to be autonomous. In reference to the guest-less, second album released by Amy Winehouse, Snoop proclaimed; “She has no guests and the D-O-Double-G said he had a better opportunity to get to know her through her music.”
Unfortunately for Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’ was to be her curtain call, all that her fans from multiple genres have left. If Snoop’s analysis of the acclaimed album is anything to go by, then maybe it is enough.
In 2007, Amy took to the stage with Black Star rapper Mos Def to perform her popular hit ‘Love is a Losing Game’. Check out the video below.