NAS AND DAMIAN MARLEY flow like hot lava AS WE ENTER their musical world

who want it? tuck your chain, we’re due coming, renegades that’ll peel you back like new hundreds

♫ Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – As We Enter

I don’t really listen to hip hop and I don’t really listen to reggae so you can imagine that I’ve never really listened to Nas nor Damian Marley aside from tracks encountered passively. Well, passivity ends right here. The two heavyweights of their respective genres have teamed up for the collaborative album Distant Relatives that showcases the best of both worlds and I’ll be damned if this isn’t some hot shit. Press play on album opener “As We Enter” (above) and tell me that the pistol-quick lyrical sparring and elastic beat doesn’t immediately put a little swagger in your step. The freshness on this track just doesn’t stop! I gotta be honest, this is the best track on the album but definitely not the only one worth getting pumped for. As Pitchfork griped in their review, the album is a bit glossy and seems aimed at some Grammy action but for me over-produced just means accessible and I’ll take it. Sure the album is freshest when these two masters are spitting fire from the heart (“As We Enter,” “Nah Mean” & and the head turning close of “Strong Will Continue.”) but the more calculated moments still work for me. “Tribal War” is straightforward rallying cry for universal education but it’s strings, tribal drums, and gutteral “UUHH”s are hugely powerful and get me moving for sure.

♫ Nas and Damian Marley – Tribal War Ft. K’naan

Even the album’s most blatant radio bait “My Generation” is still grooveable and I would definitely turn it up if it came on my car radio. So seriously people, even if you are not fans of the genres, get on these tracks and give this album a listen. I am really curious to hear what you all think of these jams! Holler in the comments!

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5 replies
  1. Meta
    Meta says:

    Yegelle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke for the first track. I wonder how much money they make from royalties. You can hear that song in Broken Flowers, that minimal movie with Bill Murray.

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Yeah, Nah Mean is pretty hot. Nice review but I have to say that I am having trouble reading that white on black. It's hurting my eyes. But maybe I'm just getting old :)

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