Shockwaves were sent through the music industry last month, when British soul singer Amy Winehouse passed away suddenly. The impact of her death has been expressed in many kind words and tributes from artists like Nas, Prince and M.I.A. Now, Winehouse’s latest tribute will reportedly come from hip-hop superstar Kanye West.
According to U.K.’s Daily Mirror, a source claims that West is recording his own rendition of Winehouse’s 2006 single, “Back to Black.” For the song, West will apparently channel his 808’s & Heartbreak days, infusing the song with his own somber vocals and lacing it with his signature synthesizers.
“It’s pretty emotive,” the source said. “It’s Kanye singing from the heart, with synthesisers.”
West will supposedly debut the song next month in London, where he’ll perform at the 160th anniversary celebration for the menswear company, Moss Bros.
This wouldn’t be the first time West has paid tribute to the late singer. According to MTV UK, earlier this month, West played Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own” and, of course, “Back to Black,” as he closed his performance at Britain’s Big Chill Festival.
“I was at Paris fashion week a few years ago with my fiancée at that time,” said West, before playing the tracks. “We went to a house party and I met this beautiful, amazing, talented and funny woman. This is in memory of her.” – nicholas robinson