US rapper Nas has revealed that he saw a lot of himself in the late Amy Winehouse. Apparently the singer’s carefree attitude towards the music industry was something that he could relate to.

Nas told World Star Hip-Hop:

She was hilarious, man. She would make you laugh. To her, music came so easy. To everyone else, I guess around her, I don’t know this but I’m assuming that they wanted her to put out a new record. To her, it’s like, she can’t do it until it’s really time. Whatever that time is, only time will tell. She can’t just give you a record because the fans want it, she’s hot or it’s going to sell records. That’s not her style. She was so nonchalant about it that it reminded me of myself.

The Illmatic star features on a track called Like Smoke on Amy’s chart topping posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures and described the collaboration as bittersweet, saying

It’s a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she’s not here. I’m happy… the sweet part is that we do have the music, fans have new music from her. It’s new because they’ve never heard it. The bitter part is that she’s no longer here to really give it to us and to really live her music and for us to see her smile and hear her voice.