Pass Or Play: Beyonce & Andre 3000 Release “Back To Black” Preview

April 22, 2013  |  


The internets are buzzing this morning. Earlier this month we told you that Jay-Z would be producing the soundtrack for the new “Great Gatsby” film. So it was no surprise that his wife, Beyonce, would be featured on the project. She’s working with Andre 3000 on a remake of the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” If you’re an Amy fan you know this is one of her more well known songs. It’s dark. It’s soulful. Expectations were high.

When a snippet of the song was released, folks let their frustration be known. They called the remake terrible, asked WTF both Beyonce and Andre were thinking, etc. Personally, I wasn’t that upset over it. It didn’t move me but it certainly wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever heard either. I pretty much shrugged after I heard it. So take a listen and tell us what you think of this collaboration.

So what gives, are people missing the genius because they’re comparing it to the original or is this snippet really that bad?

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  • Britt

    From what I heard, it’s not that bad…but it doesn’t beat the original. Beyonce’s songs have been lacking in originality (and what is original, just blows) these past few years, so I would expect her to make a move like this.

  • Angelitis

    I still don’t understand why they didn’t just do a brand new song instead of remixing an emotional classic!!!! Amy’s voice is too soulful and believable and she actually lived the song….I’m not sure beyonce knows much about a drug and alcohol fueled heart wrenching affair where a guy goes back to his other woman!!!!

  • Child_Puhleez

    If y’all would just hush, you can hear Amy turning over in her grave. smh

  • Guest360

    I’m not really understanding why they couldn’t just used Amy’s version. She did write and sing it lol. And it’s not as if it needed to be updated or anything. I don’t even think the song is 5 years old yet. Idk. This is ok but the original would have been much better.

  • Akiko

    WTF! That was awful!

  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    Genius? Yall reaching with that one. The only genius comes from the hand that wrote it for Beyoncé to even be able to remake it

  • Ash

    It is a lot different, but I actually kind of like it, simply for what it is. Different, whatever it may be, I’m excited to see what the rest of it sounds like.

  • Angelie

    The original version is so much better than this and would have been a better choice for the movie because of the time period. Amy’s voice was more soulful & believable. I’m not really feeling Beyonce and Andre’s version.

    • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az


  • Just saying!!

    I haven’t heard the original…so that’s probably why it sounds horrible to me. I don’t know wth you people are hearing but that sounds jarring to my ears and this doesn’t even sound like it fits her voice. I’m so confused lol

    • Just saying!!

      I feel so bad for sayin that because as an artist mysel I am sensitive about my music but there’s no way I can tiptoe around this one. ::shrugs::

  • YaY!

    I don’t mind it. Thank goodness Bey and Andre didn’t just try to do a cover. This is a different song and it will probably grow on me. Wheww…. was a lil worried when I thought it would be a cover.

  • I like it. I think it would have been disrespectful had they tried to make it like Amy’s. Isn’t the point of music to be able to experiment with new ideas? I’m sick of covers sounding like covers personally.

    • Rayjulian85

      I agree! It was remade to fit the movie, and based on the soundtrack snippets I just listened to it fits well. (SN: This actually seems like a great album.) It’s weird, no one is writing blog posts about Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra covering Bey’s “Crazy in Love” (or even mentioning it for that matter). That sounds different too, but again, it fits the soundtrack. The original will always be the one we know and love, but this is just another artists’ take on a song. Music is open to interpretation. I’ve resolved some people just want to hate Beyonce and any reason seems like a good reason. Past that, the snippet is 90% Andre 3000 and I have to be honest I don’t think I dig what he’s doing lol. I will wait to hear the whole thing before I say yay or nay but it was one of my least favorite snippets…now that Fergie song…that sounds great!

      • Just saying!!

        Please sit down with all that “people just want to hate Beyonce” mess. Maybe the song just sounds a mess, which it does. Don’t try to undermine people’s opinions because someone thinks your idol is human. Smdh

        • Rayjulian85

          I’m sorry I may have bought that impression over from the comments on another site , but don’t insult my intelligence – I can tell the difference between someone that listened and isn’t feeling it and someone saying things that mostly speaks to hating Beyonce so I’m going to ask you to sit down. Are you seriously going to try to tell me some people don’t just hate everything Beyonce does? I actually read the comments before I had the chance to listen since I’m at work. I was surprised that most of the comments were about Beyonce when most of what I heard was Andre *shrugs*. People just like to hate her. It is what it is. Hell, the fact that you took time to write a comment that addressed that one line of what I said is amazing. Does someone not speaking hateful things about Beyonce bother you that much? Or is it that if someone doesn’t hate her they must be a stan? Do you know me? Is Beyonce my idol? I’m sorry that a person you don’t know has the ability to upset you in any way. I guess it’s a good thing though because it means you must not have any bigger problems. Good for you.

      • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

        Thing is I don’t think it fit with the movie at all. Amy’s version would have been so spot on with this movie its ridiculous. Btw, I love me some Emeli Sande 🙂

  • take andre 300 out.

  • Ugggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh……..

  • Pivyque

    Look, I LOVE Andre and I like a lot of Beyoncé’s music, but I am not feeling this. I get that it may work within the Gatsby soundtrack sound they are looking for, but Amy’s version is much better.

  • QB

    I LOVE the original and i’m definitely feeling this snippet. I think the arrangements are genious, not solely because it’s Beyonce and Andre, but the style on it sounds great so far. You almost have to ignore Amy’s version and appreciate it as if its a new joint.

    • truthspoken

      @QB thank you for being so honest and giving your true opinion and not bashing the song and Beyonce/Andre for that matter because this version for the movie sounds great and I agree Amy’s version is almost ignore because this version has a new twist and it sounds perfect. Kudo’s to producers for choosing Beyonce/Andre to cover the song and giving it a different twist perfect choice.

  • Chey

    They deserve whatever criticism they get for that mess. Heard it in the commercial for Gatsby too…should’ve left it alone.