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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B003IMERRO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Nah Mean 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Patience 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Distant Relatives teams up critically acclaimed rap superstar Nas and reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley in an attempt to raise awareness about problems in Africa: proceeds from the record go towards an African charity project. The album, which takes both artists into unknown territory, features the singles "As We Enter" and "Strong Will Continue".

BBC Review

When Nas confirmed this collaboration with Damian Marley, he mentioned how hip hop and reggae are intertwined. Documented history agrees: hip hop exploded from the projects of New York only after taking inspiration from Jamaican sound system culture. (Jeff Chang's Can't Stop, Won't Stop book of 2005 explores these roots.) This set's title is a nod to a mutual lineage that stretches back to Africa–its artwork features an image of Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia when the country defended itself from invading Italian forces in the late 19th century.

With common backgrounds considered, it's disappointing that collaborative projects featuring prominent artists from these fields haven't yet delivered a worthwhile album. Marley's 2005 release Welcome to Jamrock was a step forwards, but Distant Relatives represents an accomplished attempt to go further, fusing traits with few discernable flaws. It succeeds where previous "Artist A feat. Artist B" efforts have not by allowing space aplenty for its twin protagonists to shine, neither compromising their strengths to play second fiddle while the other steals the spotlight.

Nas has exhibited abilities above your average emcee ever since his sensational Illmatic LP of 1994, commenting on street life without the usual clichés; Marley, meanwhile, has enjoyed commercial success while never glossing over the poverty that blights his Jamaican homeland, introducing a new generation to reggae as more than a background beat to roll a joint to. The fierce integrity exhibited by both could have led to a clashing of egos–but Distant Relatives is the result of a harmonious union, as if these performers had been recording together for several albums.

Nas might not embrace Jah as readily as Rastafarian Marley does–the rapper addresses his scepticism on In His Own Words, neither belittling nor bowing–but the balance between Zion-celebrating lyricism and the real-life observations that accompany hip hop wherever it lays its backwards cap fascinates throughout. Braggadocio is on the back-burner, too–when Marley insists that he's "badder than Al Pacine" (sic) on Nah Mean, it's with no reference to petty beef, but to far wider issues of capitalism and colonialism. Nas rhymes about his (then unborn) son on Count Your Blessings, and it's instances of tenderness like this that lend Distant Relatives a universal appeal that suits its titular statement of intent: that we are all, underneath everything, related.

Being intertwined is one thing, inseparable quite another. Here, the solder never comes unstuck. --Mike Diver

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Two of their respective genres' greatest stars, who collaborated on the mighty 'Road To Zion' in 2005 have returned with a full LP release that is every bit as adventurous and passionate as their previous endeavour would have you expect. Musically, the album has its roots in reggae and is infused with a variety of African instruments, vocals and samples but it is Nas and Marley's vocal intensity that stamps personality onto each different track, as in the album opener, 'As We Enter'. Here the two vibrantly banter back and forth a lyrical introduction to their work (Marley: 'Come now, we take you on the biggest adventure', Nas: 'It is truth we big news, we hood heroes'), achieving great cohesion for its 3 minute run time.

The change of pace and mood is frequent here: the album reaches summery heights on the uplifting 'Count Your Blessings' and takes a more somber direction on tracks such as 'In His Own Words (Featuring Stephen Marley)' to deliver the duo's overlying message of Africa's continuing struggle. Not much can be said for the guest features (with the exception of Stephen, Damian's brother who makes a welcome return) as they do little to add anything to what is already a complex and mature record. The slow burning ballad 'Africa Must Wake Up (featuring K'naan)' demonstrates the variability in the duo's songwriting skills and provides a dramatic close to undoubtedly one of the most successful collaborations in recent times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Ali on 7 Sep 2010
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Two talented artists, on top of their game, you can't go wrong really. Great album with the exception of only 1-2 tracks. They compliment each other well but in my opinion Damien Marley's voice & style give him an edge on the album in terms of individual performance.

Bottom line, worth buying if you like Nas and especially if you like Damien Marley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR N C WHEELER on 14 Aug 2010
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This is a great album and the first one I have felt compelled to add a review to. Like lot's of other people, I have been waiting for a follow up to 'Halfway Tree' and 'Welcome to Jamrock' and this album is a superb follow-up. Damian and Nas work very well together and will hopfully continue to collaborate in this way.

I have given it four out of five, but that is only because I feel that you have to give a 100% rating for the best of the best. This is extremely close and if you are a Nas or Damian Marley fan you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A92 on 1 July 2010
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I was excited when i heard that Damien Marley and Nas would be making a collab album together, so you could just imagine my excitement when i finally went out and purchased it.

I feel that both Nas and Marley deliver lyrically in every song and it means even more to me as it sounds like they are putting a lot of passion and heart into their vocals.

The beats are fantastic and the features are excellent and suits the songs which they are used in very well.

I am delighted!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wontung on 21 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
Don't miss it coz u will regret it...
Once again Damian Marley has produced a musical lyrical masterpiece of entertaining, conscious inspiring uplifting and thought provoking tunez. The collaboration with Naz has proved a success. Both artists shine in their unique styles, complimenting eachother they deliver tight lyrics in multiple sculptured melodies over exquizit muzical compositions 'one brings the guns and the other the ganja...' an while they pass the 'bud' we can share their synopsis on how our many nations evolved and progressed. If you like rap - satisfaction guaranteed... if you like phat beats - satisfaction guaranteed... if you like inspirational lyrics - satisfaction guaranteed... If you love reggae... satisfaction guaranteed. Even the immortal steppas get a mention - so, if you ever wondered what the words 'truths & rights' mean - listen up. Distant Relatives is an insight into the bigger picture that is the United States of Africa. Wake Up...!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on 8 Jun 2010
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Yes I do love this album, but there are several depths to my passion. There are the lyrics for starters. Damian Marley handles his words with the delicacy and intelligence of a true master. A good example of this is "Leaders". Its poetry surprised me. Then there's "Patience". The dub rocks you, whilst a haunting Indian female voice seeks to centre you again. Then there's action. My favourite track is Nah Mean, which is a base filled floor mover that allows Marley to perfectly execute some prime toasting. I'll say this. If there has ever been a better song than Patience written, then I'd love it hear it. My soul was moved and I'm still trying to find it.

I haven't mentioned Nas yet. He's good, very good. But Marley is the understated star of this instant classic. Is this my favourite album of 2010? Oh sure, it's stunning, there's so much love here.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By thesiberian on 23 May 2010
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This album should be a standard for lyrical genius. Its lyrical nirvana.Not just random words to make 4 minutes but like one of them inspirational speeches. This album marries delivery mastery of Nas, reggae chorus, rhythm from D.Marley and sophisticated production to give new definition to the relationship between hip hop, rap and reggae. It will go down as one of the greats for sure.
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Had this album stolen off of me, yes it is that good!! Bought myself another copy - brilliant brilliant brilliant!
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