Yasiin Bey On Amy Winehouse: “She Did More With Her Talent Than Just Use Dope”
Amy Winehouse may have only recorded two albums, but the UK singer’s musical impact has cemented her as one of this generations greatest and most original vocalist.
On the four year anniversary of Amy’s untimely death, Yasiin Bey, a close friend of the late jazz singer, speaks passionately about her legacy. In the two minute clip, which wasn’t used in the Asif Kapadia directed documentary Amy, finds the Black on Both Sides lyricist coming to Winehouse’s defense.
“She got high. She fell in love with the wrong guy. Whatever you think she is,” Bey said punctuating each phrase with his hands. “Her dad was, whatever…like everybody else! She was like everybody else. The difference between her and most people is she had talent that put her on the world stage.”
The documentary showcases Bey and Winehouse’s friendship, as well as examines her humble beginnings, lightening-speed success to her devastating last days. With never-before seen footage and additional commentary from producer and close friends Salaam Remi, Mark Ronson, and legendary Tony Bennett, Amy provides a beautiful, yet tragic look at the beehive wearing chanteuse’s life that abruptly ended when she was just 27.
“She brought you some joy. She made you feel good. She made you go ‘Wow! That was amazing. How did you do that? She made you relate.” Bey said.
Watch the clip below