Produced by Salaam Remi, a longtime collaborator of both artists, the song finds Amy and Nas trading verses over a warm, shuffling track. Amy’s soulful voice dominates the first verse of “Like Smoke”, while Nas gets an equal amount of time as he raps over the second, in which he appears to reference his split with Kelis (“Like a polygamist, with a twist / Will I marry again? Maybe, I guess.”) You do get the notion that something’s missing from the track — maybe a few more lyrics from Winehouse — which could possibly explain why this has remained unreleased since it was recorded in 2008.
If anything, “Like Smoke” underscores the fact that Amy Winehouse had the potential to give so much more in the way of musical contributions.
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