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Format: CD
Sku: 215401327
UPC: 602527354019
UPC 14: 00602527354019
Release Date: 5/18/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. As We Enter ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
2. Tribes at War - (featuring K'NAAN) ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
3. Strong Will Continue ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
4. Leaders ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
5. Friends ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
6. Count Your Blessings ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
7. Dispear ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
8. Land of Promise ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
9. In His Own Words ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
10. Nah Mean ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
11. Patience ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
12. My Generations - (featuring Lil Wayne) ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas
13. Africa Must Wake Up - (featuring K'NAAN) ~ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Nas

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Charles Wakeman; James "Bonzai" Caruso.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Nabil Elderkin; Neville Garrick.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Damian Marley; Nas; Stephen Marley

Engineer: Marc Lee; Josh Newell; Vernon Mungo; Casey Lewis; Charles Wakeman; Benjamin Reid; Andrew Green; George Massa; Tim Harkins

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist K'naan
Muze Guest Artist Stephen Marley
Muze Guest Artist Dennis Brown
Muze Guest Artist Joss Stone
Muze Guest Artist Lil Wayne

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Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/18/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0014136
Music Label Name Label : Universal Republic
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527354019

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)
- 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)
- 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   NAS
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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