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Nas Drops Amy Winehouse Video, Promotes Voting In New PSA

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(Photo Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Nas dropped two new videos today. In one, he urges young people to vote. In the other, he highlights the fleeting images of Amy Winehouse and the sounds of their song “Cherry Wine.” 

The latter is the most recent single from his no. 1 album Life Is Good. In the clip for the somber track “Cherry Wine,” Nas plays a bartender as images of late lauded vocalist and collaborator Amy Winehouse are projected across a wall. The final frame shows a slow motion close-up of the late singer with the words: In memory of Amy Winehouse. 

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With the other video, Nas adds his voice to the chorus of rappers who have spoken on the year’s politics. 

“The future of this country is in the hands of young people,” Nas said in a PSA. “We have the power. We can go to the polls in droves … and vote to get the person that we want. We can do that.”

The political evolution of the multi-platinum Queens, New York MC has taken on interesting twists and turns. Having dismissed voting in the past, Nas gained inspiration from the election of President Barack Obama, even jumping on the celebratory 2008 Young Jeezy track “My President.”

With his new pro-voting clip, Nas now joins the likes of Usher, Renee Zellweger, Steve Carell and the cast of Workaholics, who have all filmed videos in support of OurTime.org, which is aimed at registering more voters for the upcoming November Presidential election. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local

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