"Me and Mrs. Jones" is a 1972 standard by the legendary songwriting team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff that was first performed by Billy Paul. Its subject: an extramarital affair both parties "know it's wrong/But it's much too strong to let it cool down." Amy Winehouse flipped the script a bit on her 2006 album Back to Black with "Me & Mr Jones," a song about a crush who "played me out like that" and even made her miss a Slick Rick show. Its subject: Nas!
There was some gossipy chatter about the Queens MC and the British soul star in the past, but Nas tells XXL (via Hip-Hop Wired) he was well aware he was the "Mr. Jones" in question (his real name is Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones). "I don't really remember if Salaam, who was really close to her, who introduced us, if he told me about it or not," Nas said, referring to the track's producer, Winehouse's longtime collaborator Salaam Remi. "But, I heard a lot about it before I even heard the song."
Now that we know that, some of the track's cryptic lyrics make a bit more sense -- "Mr. Destiny, 9 and 14" are references to Nas' daughter (Destiny) and September 14th (both artists' birthday). As for "Aside from Sammy you're my best black Jew," the jury is still out as to whether Nas will be fasting this Saturday.
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