And not a moment too soon too! Let me just say, if you thought this morning’s M.I.A. “Amy Winehouse tribute” track was distasteful, you’re gonna want to sit down for this.
Emerging Melbournian rapper 360 just posted on his Facebook wall an old demo he wrote two years ago titled ‘Amy, Amy, Amy’ which he said “prophetically” foreshadowed the troubled soul singer’s untimely demise. The explicit track sets up a fictitious scene where the rapper plays Amy’s boyfriend and they’re having an altercation over her excessive drug use.
“I took your arse to rehab and you’re like no, no, no! You need to make this suitable choice, get off the crack and try to save that beautiful voice… just don’t overdo it, I’d hate for you to die now,” he spits before aggressively depicting her drug overdose, complete with a call to an ambulance.
Listen to ‘Amy, Amy, Amy’ here:
Hearing that demo – especially now when we’re still freshly wounded by the shock of Amy’s death – will probably go down as one of the most uncomfortable listening experiences I’ve ever had in my life. On top of that, the user comment that accompanied the YouTube clip reeked of utter disrespect, trivialising the death of not just a “recording artist”, “walking headline”, “addict” or whatever, but a human being.
The post reads:
“Amy Winehouse is dead, that’s like 3 crack whores I know, who have died. Ah well, I hear there a dime a dozen in the states. Anyway, here’s a tight track by my man 6 about this crack whore. Did I mention she was a crack whore?”
That heinous level of indifference and callous scorn is further echoed in the Facebook comment section with 360 fans finding humour in the timely re-upload of the track. “It’s old as the song but yeah I chucked it on when I heard for some solomn thoughts haha [sic],” one user commented.
Further down, one Facebook fan showed some slight understanding of why this post might be inappropriate, “Never too early for 360 aye mad c*nt,” but was shut down by another user who simply retorted, “too soon? We dont give a fuckk [sic].”
Charming bunch. Y’all should take a look for yourselves, it’s a cesspool of class and compassion up in there.
360 is a Melbourne-based hip hop artist best known commercially for his recent single ‘Just Got Started’ featuring Pez. He is expected to drop his debut album in September and to be honest, I don’t see this as a calculated publicity stunt. What this looks like to me is some poorly conceived, vain and opportunistic exploitation of the death of a celebrity.
The fact that he had presented the track now as his “prophetic” writing of Amy Winehouse‘s life implies that he had some kind of gift or insight into her situation. Well good for you, mate. I’mma have to send you some flowers. That was an impressive read. Now that she has died, by the way of reasons still unconfirmed, does that fill your heart with a warm glowing validation that you were right all the long about her tragic end?
We’re not even gonna talk about Amy Winehouse fans for a minute here. I want to know how, by dragging out that beat up old demo of his, is 360 bringing comfort to people who might’ve lost a love one to drug addiction or substance abuse – or might be battling it themselves? Amy’s tragic death – whatever the cause might have been – has certainly been a very sobering wake up call for any addict or anyone who knows an addict. Y’know, addictions can be hard to battle – sometimes people triumph over it and sometimes people don’t. But what concerns me about some of the reactions I’ve seen thus far to Amy’s assumed drug overdose is the cold lack of compassion and the absence of some basic goddamn respect for the dead.
360‘s actions in bringing up his Amy Winehouse diss track was a complete and utter 180 turn off.