Nas says "part" of him "didn't want to" record a posthumous song with Amy Winehouse.
The rapper had planned to write a song with Amy before her death from accidental alcohol poisoning last July, and was apprehensive about whether he should contribute to the posthumously track "Like Smoke."
"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," he said.
Nas - full name Nasir Jones - was introduced to Amy via producer Salaam Remi, and she had referenced him in her track "Me and Mr. Jones," which they had planned to record a sequel to together. The rapper has also told how making "Like Smoke," featured on the Lioness: Hidden Treasures album was a "bittersweet" experience.
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known to the world as Nate Dogg, has died at age 41. Hale suffered from health problems since 2007, when he experienced his first stroke. His death was a result of complications from the multiple strokes he’s had over the years.
Nate Dogg signed to Death Row Records in 1993 after making his debut on "The Chronic." His first hit single, “Regulate,” featuring Warren G, came a year later. Nate Dogg was a frequent voice on Tupac records, and collaborated with many other artists during his career.
He died on March 15 in Long Beach, California.
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In one of the more beautiful moments from this year's award season, on Sunday night Celine Dion appeared on the 83rd Academy Award stage with no introduction to sing “Smile” for the In Memoriam segment, a number so heart-wrenchingly toughing it was guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. The losses for the year of 2010 include funnyman Leslie Neilson, actor Tony Curtis, actress Patricia Neal, actress Anne Francis, actor Denis Hopper and writer/director Blake Edwards. Watch the entire thing in the video above.
Tupac Shakur continues to remain a strong, mysterious musical force, and fans continue to feel the void he left behind ... but perhaps, some of their unanswered questions can still be addressed.
Journalist Kevin Powell has recently inked a deal to bring Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography to book stores, giving fans an inside look at the events that shaped, and ended, the rapper’s life.
His mother, Afeni Shakur, said the book is being written with her “full blessings.”
Tupac’s death will also be the center of a big-screen biopic from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), which will focus on the events of his last day of life.
A documentary featuring the rapper’s time in jail, titled Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes is scheduled for release January 26.
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Rich Cronin, lead singer for the musical group LFO, passed away this week after a long health battle. He was 36 years old.
Rich, who penned the trio’s breakout hit “Summer Girls,” was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. Despite a number of setbacks—including chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, a stroke and a return of the disease—Cronin was able to perform again with his former band members last summer.
“He was so happy,” Brad Fischetti told EW about Rich’s return to the stage. Although the group had hoped to hit the road again later this year, Cronin found himself back in the hospital.
“We really became soulmates,” Brad recalled about their last tour together. “Devin [Lima] and I both realized how much we loved him, despite the differences we had in the past. In New York City at the Highline Ballroom, he thanked the crowd at the end of the show. I’ll always have that voice in my mind, because it was such a sincere thank you. Really, that’s the memory that’s sticking out in my brain.”
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A former member of the Electric Light Orchestra was killed Friday afternoon in southern England.
Mike Edwards, a cellist with ELO between 1972-1975, was driving in Devon when a giant bale of hay struck his van. The bale, which may have fallen from a nearby tractor, rolled down a hillside onto the road below.
After being hit by the 1300-pound object, Edwards may have swerved into another vehicle. The 62-year-old musician died at the scene.
According to the Daily Mirror, Mike chose to leave ELO—the group behind hits like “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Mr. Blue Sky”—in order to become a Buddhist.
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For the second time in less than a week, a tragic suicide has overshadowed a musical event.
On Thursday night, a concertgoer fell onto the stage during a Swell Season concert in California. One day later, it was a band’s lead singer who jumped to his death.
Charles Haddon, the frontman for Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, was pronounced dead Friday night after a performance with his British group in Hasselt, Belgium. The 22-year-old, who had climbed a telecommunications mast, jumped and fell onto the backstage parking lot at the Pukkelpop festival.
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UPDATE: The group has offered to pay for group counseling sessions to help those who witnessed the suicide.
Fans attending a Swell Season concert Thursday night in Saratoga, CA left stunned by what they saw.
A man who had climbed onto a roof behind the stage jumped to his death before the crowd. The victim, later identified as 32-year-old from San Jose, fell approximately three stories onto a speaker. He reportedly landed within feet of singer Glen Hansard. (The video above was shot after the event.)
-A&E is going to give you a chance to rock with Dee Snider. The Twisted Sister frontman and his family will be the focus of a new A&E reality series called Growing Up Twisted. The series begins July 27.
-Former Kinks bassist Pete Quaife passed away last Thursday at the age of 66. The group’s co-founded had been undergoing kidney dialysis for over 10 years.
-A rock band from Canada recently made its place in Hollywood. Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were in California on Friday to claim the 2,412th star on the Walk of Fame.
-Despite all their problems, Steven Tyler claims Aerosmith is back on track. “The band has never been better, I’m singing better,” the group’s lead singer claimed. “It’s been beautiful and I realized when I was taking care of my problems that the band is all I really care about.”
-Chris Brown was denied access into Britain as a result of his Rihanna assault case. His tour will be indefinitely postponed until he can
clear his name
get a visa.
-Nassar Adhoot has been denied access to guitarist Joe Walsh. The Eagles musician was granted a restraining order after his neighbor threatened to kill him.
-Ace Frehley is putting down the guitar and picking up a pen. The former KISS player is authoring No Regrets, a memoir about a “life of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.”
-Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was found dead in his home yesterday morning. It’s believed the 40-year-old may have possibly died after a drinking binge.
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