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The Bittersweet Taste Of Nas’ “Cherry Wine” Featuring Amy Winehouse

The visuals for Nas‘ personal desire to find love featuring the indelible Amy Winehouse has arrived. The soulful “Cherry Wine” with vocals from the late soul singer was an instant favorite from Nas’ 10th studio album Life Is Good. True to his word, Nas honored Amy in the video directed by Jay Martin. Nas is the loner bartender mesmerized by a beautiful customer. Peep the cherry he drops in her cocktail. Amy’s soul stirring voice plays over the jukebox while images of her performing flash against the brick wall of the bar. The new object of his affection teases him with seductive eyes as she plays pool alone.  Read more…

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Nas Drops Controversial N Word Title

nasAs we informed you a month ago, Queens-born rapper Nas opted to name his upcoming July 1st release N*gger, in a move that shocked the public and polarized the hip-hop community. Many, including his label head, Jay-Z and Al Sharpton, felt compelled to speak out on the title.

Now Nas himself is finally discussing his controversial choice, and possibly changing it. In an interview with MTV, Nas explained the title is still up in the air, given the amount of pressure he’s received from his record label. “Everybody is trying to stop the title….Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what’s gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?”

In yet another statement issued yesterday, however, Nas sounded even more pressured, and had a cryptic message to convey to his fans: “The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.”

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Nas Not Welcome at VT Show

NasAlmost four months after the horrific Virginia Tech shootings, where 33 students were gunned down on the campus by a disgruntled student, a concert in their honor is slated to take place on September 6th. But just days after the bill was announced, the community-healing efforts hit a snag. In addition to gluten-free granola acts like Dave Matthews and John Mayer (granted he keeps his stand-up to himself), New York rapper Nas is also set to perform. Now a spokesperson for the families of the victims has expressed their collective displeasure with the idea of rapper performing, given the nature of his lyrics, which they feel “are indicative of the moral decay in our society that contributes to acts of violence,” says Vincent Bove. While we applaud Nas for his community-oriented efforts, is a hand-picked set in order? Do you think the victims’ families are being overly sensitive? [Idolator/Image: Getty]

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50 Cent: Serving Beef

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Earlier this week, New York magazine printed an interview with 50 Cent in which he sheds some light on his tendency toward beefing with…just about everybody who’s ever held a mic. When asked whether it would be worthwhile to occasionally take the higher ground and not get into petty dust-ups, Fiddy’s response is predictably along the lines of, “Nuh-uh, shawty.” Says 50:

I seen Jay-Z use those tactics countless times. He?ll just ignore the guy that?s being disrespectful. But I think a lot of them are like kids?if you don?t spank their hand and say stop, it gets worse. I think, better to give them an example of you ruining someone?s career, like I did with Ja Rule.

A man of his word, this month alone, 50 has verbally attacked Chamillionaire, Ghostface Killah and Master P (“None of those people sell records”) in this Spin interview, he’s called out Nas for being too literate (imagine a writer being a reader, too!) in XXL, and, most recently, he branded Lil Wayne a “whore.” His next trick? Releasing his long-delayed Curtis LP on the same day as Kanye West‘s Graduation (both are slated for a Sept. 11 release, if you can believe it). Institutionalized beef: innovative! As Kanye’s record is about 5,000 times more anticipated that Fiddy’s, do you think that getting his butt kicked on Soundscan will finally shut 50 up? It’s not likely, but we can hope, right? [New York / Image credit: Getty]