One of my favourite albums released this summer is Nas’ 13th effort, “Life is Good.” Just about every single song on the album is a gem — it really is that kind of album, bound to be a classic — but I would say my favourite is “Cherry Wine.” The songs vocals feature the late-great Amy Winehouse, whose death at the age of 27 is now just over a year ago.
The album’s tracks have a steady, upbeat rhythm with the philosophical bent that is expected from Nas. But this album adds a scattering of optimism and musings of personal acceptance, from subjects that include his blossoming teenage daughter and fame. Such positivity and repetitive refrain of the album’s title makes “Cherry Wine” especially bittersweet. The video itself has a slick and cool aura from the vintage bar setting, but Nas’ presence is introspective and Winehouse’s projected image is haunting. Click the video above to watch.