Distant Relatives (Explicit Version)
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Distant Relatives (Explicit Version)

May 18, 2010

  Song Title
As We Enter [Explicit]
Tribes At War [Feat. K'Naan]
Strong Will Continue
Leaders [feat. Stephen Marley]
Friends [Explicit]
Count Your Blessings
Dispear [Explicit]
Land Of Promise [feat. Dennis Brown]
In His Own Words [feat. Stephen Marley]
Nah Mean
My Generation [feat. Lil Wayne, Joss Stone]
Africa Must Wake Up [Feat. K'Naan]

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  • Original Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Label: Universal Republic Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:01:49
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B003L5LEYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to the Motherland! May 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
"Distant relatives" is a collaborative effort by Rapper Nas and Reggae singer Damian Marley (Bob Marley's son). Recorded with a live band, it's a Reggae/Hip hop hybrid which works rather well. Both had previously collaborated on the track "Road to Zion" from Marley's album "Welcome to Jamrock", and from thence came the idea for this. Most of the lyrics revolve about Africa (poverty, AIDS, the diamond trade without sounding corny or heavy handed) and proceeds will go towards building a school in an African country.

"Tribes at war" has African percussion, Arabic strings and a cameo from K'Naan. "Everyone deserves to earn, every child deserves to learn" sings Marley in his world weary delivery while K'Naan asks "I drink poison then vomit diamonds, I gave you Mandela, Black Dalai Lamas, I gave you music, you enthused in my kindness, so how dare you reduce me to Donny Imus?". Damien had previously appeared on the track "I come prepared" from K'Naan's album "Troubadour".

"Strong will continue" has a marching beat and electric guitars (with some semi-biographical rapping from Nas touching on his ex and alimony payments) while the beautiful and lilting "Leaders" features Damian's brother Stephen. It sounds like a Bob Marley classic.

"Count your blessings" is a gently stomping horn-peppered number finding Marley thankful for love and assurance, new health insurance, strength and endurance, and urging us to do the same, while "Land of promise" is a cover of a song by Dennis Brown featuring the Reggae legend himself. It is a slow burning Dub with lyrics seeing a new Africa with Ethiopia the capital.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALBUM OF THE YEAR May 18, 2010
By iumak
Format:Audio CD
Rapper Nas (Son of Jazz Musician Olu Dara), and Reggae artist, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley (Son of the legendary Bob Marley) deliver a truly unique listening experience. Though, as artists who excel in their respective fields, it isn't really a surprise to many that their joint LP is pure gold.

The bulk of the production is handled by Marley, and it consists of an array of innovative rhythms never before heard on a rap or reggae album. Distant Relatives opens up with one of these unconventional tracks, simply titled, 'As We Enter'. This is a really bouncy track that is meant to solidify the duo's readiness. I loved this song because of how intense it was and Nas did a great job with the hook. This chorus is catchy but it also establishes the duo's dominance in the worlds of hiphop and reggae. "The kings is [are] back, time to return the crown"

The album doesn't continue down the road of intensity however. After the first 3 tracks or so things get fairly mellow. This isn't bad though, because the songs are still good. Just don't expect to be pumping your fists all the way throughout the LP.

Things start to heat up again at 'Dispear' which clearly has more of an African influence to it. The whole song feels very tribal and aggressive. It's as if someone where being chased through a jungle of some sorts. The lyrics are also very impressive and I'm reminded of the brilliance of Nas' last Untitled LP when I hear him speak again.

After Dispear, things only continue to get better. 'Land of Promise' is an amazing song, and more Reggae/Bob Marley esque than anything else presented to us thus far.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING MUSIC May 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am at a loss for words after listening to this album. I can't think of the last time I have heard such a powerful, complete, well-rounded body of work. This album is a MUST BUY. Nas is at his best lyrically...which is saying a lot since when he is just coasting he is still miles ahead of most rappers. Damian is great lyrically & on the production of this album. This is the most cohesive effort I have heard in years & by far the best two-genre collaboration I have ever heard. This album deserves all of the critical acclaim, Grammy's and everything else. It is THAT good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot stop listening to this album! July 31, 2010
By Peach
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Being someone who's not really into hip hop, I did not expect to be blown away by this cd. I bought it because of Damian, (who I think can do no wrong), and hoped for the best. I popped it into my cd player during my lunch break and Distant Relatives impressed me so deeply that I literally stopped eating.

If this cd does not get album of the year the music industry is seriously flawed. I haven't heard anything this dynamic in years. Not knowing much about Nas, I thought his flow was on point although I felt that a couple of his verses were a bit too self indulgent for the album's theme, especially his last verse on Strong Will Continue. Perhaps his fans get it, but I thought that verse took something away from an otherwise outstanding song.

I've never heard anything good about Lil Wayne, (probably because I'm not in that age group), but his small contribution on one song sounded decent to me. I found something to love about each and every song, including Joss Stone, whose voice is lovely. These are my standout tracks...

As We Enter
The beat is so infectious on this one that I can't sit still and the hair-trigger back and forth exchange between Damian and Nas is so darn flawless, it's unbelieveable. It ain't braggin' when it's true.

Tribes At War
From the African drumming to the thought provoking lyrics, this track is mind blowingly powerful. On the third verse Damian's delivery is absolute fire and K'naan's 5 point breakdown is stunning in both it's lyrical and melodic impact.

Strong Will Continue
The last verse notwithstanding, this is still one of my favorite tracks. The dramatic sweep of the music, the soaring chorus and the overall uplifting message of encouragement makes this song unforgettable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Reggae at its best, One of his best albums to date. You have to love dedicated artists. Try it you will be thoroughly entertained!
Published 2 days ago by Shawn Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of the best ever
Hope they make another one. So many great songs on this album. Look forward to what ever these guys put out next.
Published 6 days ago by Kelly Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars They saying something
Nas and Damian said more than a mouthful in this album. You get great hiphop and Reggae on the same page. Each song has a message, great production, and delivery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by inspirational
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, not great, not bad....
There are some decent songs on this album. There are only 3 really good tracks (in my opinion). The rest is filler garbage, so I wouldn't recommend buying this entire album if... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jambandfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good..
This a really good album with mostly positive lyrics. Nas come's off as a bit of a home boy sometimes but Damian really makes it worth listening to.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Een
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
Nas and Damian really went all out to school the people with this one! I love every song and my favorites are Patience and Only The Strong.
Published 2 months ago by Rochelle Creone
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME STUFF
Published 3 months ago by Charles Little
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album - MP3 is edited for content
I bought this MP3. While I was listening, I noticed it bleeped out words. I did not click on the edited version!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Dr. KWOK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album I've Purchased in Years!
It's been a very long time since any new music has done for me what I feel its divine purpose is-- to inspire, motivate, soothe and enlighten. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 19PoeticSoul
5.0 out of 5 stars love
One of the BEST Collaboration...It speakers truth and just makes you think...it very cool I recommend it to reggae lovers as well
Published 5 months ago by Belinda
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