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Nas and Damian Marley, two artists at the top of their respective games, have joined forces to create a fascinating new project they’ve dubbed ‘Distant Relatives’. Combining elements of rap, reggae and afrobeat with the slickest studio production this side of The Victoria Falls, the artists aim to explore their common African ancestry through the medium of song.

“In a sense I didn’t want it to sound like something that would be typical of me, neither typical of Nas, but something where you can still see there’s a middle ground in the music” says Marley of the project.

Nas adds that “there’s so much propaganda out there that divides us, keeps us divided, and I think this, Distant Relatives, cuts through all of that… and goes right to the point. Distant Relatives, that what we are, you know?”

Below is a surprisingly detailed ‘making of’ trailer for the project, exploring the way the two bounce off of each other in the studio to produce some really compelling collaborative work. Oliver Stone makes a surprise appearance as he joined the pair in studio to offer his insight. Additional commentary is provided by Busta Rhymes, Ethiopian Hip-Hop sensation K’Naan, & the prolific poet Saul Williams.

Nas & Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives Tour

May 2 – West Palm Beach, FL – SunFest
May 21 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Community Center
May 22 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
May 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
May 25 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
May 26 – Santa Barbara, CA – University of California, Santa Barbara
May 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
May 29 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
May 30 – Valley Center, CA – Harrah’s Rincon – Open Sky Theater
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival
June 2 – Santa Fe, NM – Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
June 8 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
June 9 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
June 11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 12 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
June 13 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
June 27 – Brussels, BE – Couleur Cafe Festival
June 28 – Paris, FR – Paris Hip Hop Festival
July 1 – Arendal, NO – Hovefestival
July 3 – Cologne, DE – Summerjam
July 4 – Gdynia, PL – Heineken Opener Festival
July 6 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
July 7 – Hultsfred, SE – Hultsfred Festival
July 9 – Frauenfeld, CH – Openair Frauenfeld
July 10 – Montreux Vaud, CH – Montreux Jazz Festival – Miles
July 11 – Rotterdam – Holland North Sea Jazz
July 13 – Hamburg, DE – Stadtpark
July 14 – Munich, DE – Tollwood Festival
July 16 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
July 17 – Dublin, IE – Tripod
July 20 – Hammersmith, UK – Hammersmith Apollo
July 23 – Gräfenhainichen, DE – Splash Festival
July 31 – Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Waterfront
August 1 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes Festival

Album out on May 10th

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Distant Relatives est un album studio du rappeur Nas et du chanteur de reggae Damian Marley, qui devrait sortir en mars 2010

Nas and Damian Marley, two artists at the top of their respective games, have joined forces to create a fascinating new project they’ve dubbed ‘Distant Relatives’. Combining elements of rap, reggae and afrobeat with the slickest studio production this side of The Victoria Falls, the artists aim to explore their common African ancestry through the medium of song.

“In a sense I didn’t want it to sound like something that would be typical of me, neither typical of Nas, but something where you can still see there’s a middle ground in the music” says Marley of the project.

Nas adds that “there’s so much propaganda out there that divides us, keeps us divided, and I think this, Distant Relatives, cuts through all of that… and goes right to the point. Distant Relatives, that what we are, you know?”

Below is a surprisingly detailed ‘making of’ trailer for the project, exploring the way the two bounce off of each other in the studio to produce some really compelling collaborative work. Oliver Stone makes a surprise appearance as he joined the pair in studio to offer his insight. Additional commentary is provided by Busta Rhymes, Ethiopian Hip-Hop sensation K’Naan, & the prolific poet Saul Williams.