Us: Have you spoken to Salaam Remi about his work with Amy Winehouse?
MF: I admired Salaam for his contributions and collaborations with some of my favorite artists like Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse. I was thrilled to be able to work with him and listen to his stories about Amy. When he shared his experience working with Amy I felt even closer to her. Even though I never met her and I was unable to experience her life, I feel that I truly knew her through her music. It has to do with the power of her music and it can touch people. It's really tough. It sounds crazy but I feel like I lost someone I knew. It hurts when it is someone who inspired you and affected you.
Us: What kinds of things did he tell you about her?
MF: She was an absolute open book when it came to her experiences. She made music and just let loose and said how she felt and that was so inspiring to hear. I think that's why so many people appreciated what she did, because it was just so honest. They were like, 'Did she really just say that? Did she just curse? Did she use names? Get specific? Call people out?' She absolutely did and she had a raw factor that I loved about her. I loved the work Taylor Griffiths did for Amy, which is why I wanted to work with him on "Bang Bang." On many levels, she was an inspiration to me. It was a profound loss.
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