Amy Winehouse & The Hip-Hop Connection

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Culture, Music, Spotlight

Published on July 27, 2011 with No Comments


Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry on their Own” Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix

Big Boi put this up on his site over the weekend (shout out to Jay Smooth for the info) noting it’s a previously unreleased remix by the ATL fam of Amy’s song from ger hugely succesful ‘Back To Black’. It reminded me of Amy’s love for hip-hop. Her affainity for rap was evident in her music and well-documented by herself, like in her song ‘Me And Mr Jones’ where she admonishes a former lover for falling through on his guest list promises:

What kind of fuckery is this?
You made me miss the Slick Rick gig (oh Slick Rick)

She goes on to sing that the same thing won’t happen again and she will nothing stand between her and the upcoming Nas performance:

Ruler’s one thing, but come Brixton
Nobody stands in between me and my man
‘Cause it’s me and Mr Jones (Me and Mr Jones)

Amy often gets credited for the revival of vintage-sounding soul the music world enjoyed over the past decade, which she definitely was a part of but was actually already well on it’s way with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (of which several band members actually played with Amy as well). One of Amy’s biggest strong suits however, lay in her ability to merge these vintage soul sensibilities with her modern, rap-influenced penmanship. ‘Me And Mr Jones’ is a prime example of this, in the way she flips the classic ‘Me And Mrs Jones’ from a song about an extra-marital affair into a story about a skeevy boyfriend who will not keep her from her Mr. (Nasir) Jones.

Many people barely realize the actual theme of the song and think the Mr. Jones in question is just a name chosen to mirror the name of the Billy Paul song. That would be an entertaining nod to the past in itself, but it doesn’t do justice to her songwriting skills. Her ability to use to use the themes and terms close to her contemporary world in a setting of old-school soul, without making it sound like a forced trick, was an integral part to her unique voice as a writer. Her phenomenal voice as a singer is sure to get it’s credit, now the stories of drug and drink abuse suddenly don’t seem all that funny anymore, so let’s not forget her considerable talent as a songwriter either.

Ghostface Killah & Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good

Ghostface was quick to recognize this as well, and rarely has there been a remix brimming with so much chemistry. There’s no way to tell this isn’t the original version if you didn’t know any better. This version of the track was found on Ghost’s ‘More Fish’ as well as a B-side on versions of the ‘You Know I’m No Good’ single release. Both

Amy Winehouse Ft. Jay-Z – Rehab (remix)

Amy Winehouse Ft. Phroahe Monch – Rehab (remix)

Amy Winehouse loved hip-hop, and the feeling was entirely mutual. R.I.P. Amy.



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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