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Distant Relatives
Studio album by Nas & Damian Marley
Released May 18, 2010[1]
Recorded 2008–2010
Los Angeles, California
Miami, Florida
Genre Reggae fusion, hip hop
Label Universal Republic,
Producer Damian Marley, Stephen Marley
Nas chronology
Untitled Nas album
(2008)
Distant Relatives
(2010)
Damian Marley chronology
Welcome to Jamrock
(2005)
Distant Relatives
(2010)
Singles from Distant Relatives
  1. "As We Enter"
    Released: February 23, 2010

Distant Relatives is an upcoming collaboration album by rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian Marley, scheduled to be released on May 18, 2010.[1]

Contents

Background

News of the album first came at the 2009 Grammy Awards, Nas told MTV reporters "Right now, I'll tell you first, I'm working on an album with Damian Marley. We tryin' to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment," he said. "We're tryin' to show love and stuff with this album. So, the record's … all about really the 'hood and Africa also as well.[2]

Marley told Rolling Stone, "We're trying to have a sound that's reminiscent of both of us, but not exactly like either," says Marley, who adds they cut the disc with a live band. Proceeds will go to a project in Africa — possibly building a school in the Congo — and songs like "Count Your Blessings" reflect on the plight of the continent. "A lot of charity albums come off corny," says Marley. "We want this to be something you'd play in your car."[3] The album title derives from Nas and Marley's relationship, their shared African ancestry, and the shared ancestry of the entire human race; which musically and lyrically inspired each recording.[4][5] The album is scheduled for release May 26

Leftover tracks from Nas and Marley's previous albums were originally planned for an EP based on Africa. After working together, the duo decided to record a full album together.[6]

Theme

The album's content will heavily revolve around Africa, from ancestry and poverty.[6][7] The duo worked to maintain the theme, which will contain samples from African music.[6] The album will offer their social commentary of the United States and Africa.[8][9]

Recording and production

Mixing hip hop and reggae,[9] Nas and Marley began recording in 2008; recording sessions took place in Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. Marley and his brother, Stephen, produced a majority of the album. They plan to feature guests Stephen Marley, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and K'naan.[6][10]

The first single, "As We Enter", was released on iTunes on February 23, 2010.[11] It has so far peaked at #10 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts and #41 on the iTunes Music charts.

Panel Discussion

At a sold-out panel discussion on the African diaspora and its relation to music, sponsored by National Geographic, Damian and Stephen Marley and Nas were among the several hip hop and reggae musicians voicing their solidarity. The discussion focused on the collaborations between artists of the two genres, and highlighted the Distant Relatives project.[12]

Track listing

Source:[13]

Track Title Length
1. "As We Enter"    
2. "Tribal War (feat. K'Naan)"    
3. "Strong Will Continue"    
4. "Leaders (feat. Stephen Marley)"    
5. "Wisdom"    
6. "Count Your Blessings"    
7. "Dispear"    
8. "The Promised Land (feat. Dennis Brown)"    
9. "In His Own Words (feat. Stephen Marley)"    
10. "Nah Mean"    
11. "Friends"    
12. "My Generation (feat. Lil Wayne & Joss Stone)"    
13. "Africa Must Wake Up (feat. K'Naan)"    

References

  1. ^ a b Marley, Damian (2010-02-18). "Damian Marley speaks". Reggaeville. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.10839/title.damian-marley-speaks-about-lil-waynes-distant-relatives-feature. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-02-09). "Nas Confirms Kelis' Pregnancy, Talks New Album". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1604589/20090209/nas.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Spring Music Preview: June". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 2009-03-20. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/26796184/spring_music_preview_june. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (2009-04-08). "Nas, Damian Marley Prep Collaborative Album". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/nas-damian-marley-prep-collaborative-album-1003960203.story. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  5. ^ Cline, Georgette. "Nas & Damian Marley Prep Joint Album". Rap-Up. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/04/08/nas-damian-marley-prep-joint-album/. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d Vozick-Levinson, Simon (2009-04-22). "Nas and Damian Marley on their 'Distant Relatives' collaboration". Entertainment Weekly. Time. http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/04/nas-damian-marl.html. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ Thiessen, Brock (2009-04-08). "Nas and Damian Marley Become Distant Relatives, Join Rock the Bells Tour". Exclaim!. http://exclaim.ca/articles/generalarticlesynopsfullart.aspx?csid1=131&csid2=844&fid1=37732. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-04-07). "Nas And Damian Marley Team Up For Rock The Bells Tour, Joint Album". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1608773/20090407/id_3108857.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  9. ^ a b "Nas Announces Damian Marley Album". MTV One. 2009-04-08. http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/nas/news/112307-nas-announces-damian-marley-album. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  10. ^ Graff, Gary (2009-07-08). "Nas, Damian Marley Preview Album Collaboration On Rock The Bells Tour". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/nas-damian-marley-preview-album-collaboration-1003991562.story. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  11. ^ Single Cover: Nas & Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley – ‘As We Enter’. Rap-Up.
  12. ^ The Source, Nas and Damian Marley Distant Relatives Coming in 2010, TheSource.com, 14 December 2009. Accessed 6 January 2010.
  13. ^ JKennedy, Uncovered: Nas & Damian Marley Snag Lil Wayne, xxlmag.com, 24 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010.

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