Distant Relatives(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Nas

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 215401327
UPC 602527354019
UPC 14 00602527354019
Format CD
Release Date 5/18/2010
Links
Author Nas
Compilation Appearance Blue Crush
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Return From Mecca
Compilation Appearance Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance E=mc2
Compilation Appearance On My Radio
Compilation Appearance Awake
Compilation Appearance The Love And War Masterpeace
Compilation Appearance Love And War Masterpeace
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2010
Compilation Appearance Crunk Rock(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Revelation Part 1:Root Of Life
Compilation Appearance Patriots
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2011
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2012
Compilation Appearance Reggae Golden Jubilee:origins Of Jama
Compilation Appearance Strictly The Best Vol 49
Compilation Appearance FULL FREQUENCY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2014
Compilation Appearance Africa Redemption
Compilation Appearance Doo - Wops & Hooligans
Compilation Appearance War Ina Babylon/island Reggae Antholo
Compilation Appearance Definitive Collection0306
Compilation Appearance Full Circle
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Reggae
Compilation Appearance Amid The Noise And Haste
Associated Artist/Work Rusko
Technical Info
Engineer Marc Lee; Josh Newell; Vernon Mungo; Casey Lewis; Charles Wakeman; Benjamin Reid; Andrew Green; George Massa; Tim Harkins
Producer Damian Marley; Nas; Stephen Marley
CatalogID B0014136
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 05/18/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527354019
Musical Guests
K'naan
Stephen Marley
Dennis Brown
Joss Stone
Lil Wayne
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Charles Wakeman; James "Bonzai" Caruso.
Recording information: Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; D.A.R.P., Atlanta, GA; Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, Miami, FL; Lion's Den Studios, Miami, FL; NRG Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Setai Recordings, Miami, FL.
Photographers: Nabil Elderkin; Neville Garrick.
The Nas and Damian Marley collaboration Distant Relatives came together as a way to earn money for schools in Africa, but before any corny "charity album" misconceptions get in the way, know that this is one purposeful monster and a conceptional bull's eye that fully supports its title. Actually, it all comes together in the album's first few seconds as Marley and Nas loop a sample of Ethiopian jazzman Mulatu Astatke for "As We Enter"'s effective and infectious beat. Rapidly trading the lines (Nas): "I've got the guns"/(Damian): "I've got the Ganja"/(Nas): "And we can blaze it up on your block if you wanna" just raises the excitement level to a "Welcome to Jamrock" or "Nas Is Like," but when the following "Tribes at War" creates a cinematic big picture of Africa crumbling while its people are unwillingly scattered across the globe, the album turns compelling. On the track, guest K'Naan offers the provocative "I drink poison/Then I vomit diamonds" while the devastating "Leaders" features Nas' "Malcolm on the podium/Shells drop to linoleum/Swipe those/Place them on display on the Smithsonian." Still, there's much more hope and pride here than anger and darkness. The majestic "Strong Will Continue" marches forth with a positive spiritual message, while "Count Your Blessings" is musically akin to Damian's Bobby Brown collaboration "Beautiful" and father Bob's's "One Love" lyrically. The magical moment that explains it all comes in the form of an old Dennis Brown interview which is sampled for "Land of Promise." Answering the question "What do you think of Africa?" Brown replies "Just to mention of it man, is like, you call mi name man" in a voice that displays a whirlwind of emotions, from the very best to the very worst. Distant Relatives is this African contradiction explored further with hip-hop, dancehall, and by way of samples, jazz, and African music showing the way. It's a royal and a striking reminder of why these two artists have reached legendary status. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Though they decry Africa's ills, they also offer hopeful visions on the Lil Wayne-assisted 'My Generation.'"
Spin - "Bob's youngest son and Nas concoct an entire suite of rap/reggae crossover devoted to black nationalism and African liberation."
Billboard (p.36) - "[T]he themes are communicated best through the music, a hybrid of the genres each artist has mastered coupled with African- and African-American-derived rhythms."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With the] choir-scored gospel-rap of 'In His Own Words' and blissful Isleys-esque slow-funk of 'Africa Must Wake UP' offering melodious pop to sweeting Nas and Marley's strong medicinal polemic."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] true collaborative affair, two deeply talented guys with amazing, evocative voices finding common ground and exploring it."
Uncut (magazine) (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Single 'As We Enter', finds the pair trading perfect verses over a Marley production that takes cues from Pete Rock."
Disc 1
1 As We Enter
2 Tribes at War - (featuring K'NAAN)
3 Strong Will Continue
4 Leaders
5 Friends
6 Count Your Blessings
7 Dispear
8 Land of Promise
9 In His Own Words
10 Nah Mean
11 Patience
12 My Generations - (featuring Lil Wayne)
13 Africa Must Wake Up - (featuring K'NAAN)
Product Attributes
Artist NAS
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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