Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch”series where wefind out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music and musicians from the 60’s to today. Enjoy the trip!
Winehouse loves Soul music of the ’60s and ’70s, and it’s likely that this song was inspired by the Billy Paul classic “Me And Mrs. Jones,” which is about a couple who are cheating on their partners. In this song, Mr. Jones would be the man she is having an affair with, and she’s clearly not pleased with him.
Amy Winehouse’s “Me & Mr. Jones” from her final studio album, Back to Black, is about her relationship with Nas. She even references their shared birthday (Sept. 14) in the lyric: “Mr. Destiny 9 and 14, nobody stands in between me and my man.”
The titular New York rapper Nas (real name Nasir Jones), who became good friends with Winehouse after being name checked. He told XXL in 2011: “I don’t really remember if [producer] Salaam [Remi], who was really close to her, who introduced us, if he told me about it or not. But I heard a lot about it before I even heard the song.”