“Right now, I’ll tell you first, I’m working on an album with Damian Marley, and we tryin’ to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment” said New York masterful MC Nas at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
“Distant Relatives” is set to be released on may 28th, and I just found out the first single “As We Enter” (and guess what, it’s a bomb)
Frankly speaking, I’m not a huge fan of hip-hop, but I do worship Nas. He’s way beyond the usual US hip-hop crap that easily crosses the ocean through MTV and similar mainstream channels (take 50 cent, this is just pure formated whatev’)
Anyway, this collaboration album’s definitely a big thing coming up. They’re talking about Africa, the album is for Africa (it will finance schools building program in Congo) and they do it sooo well.
Damian Marley, as written, had a great dad and followed his steps quite well. From classic reggae music to more fusion style, plus this really interesting collaboration (mixing reggae and hip-hop isn’t such an easy thing to do) he proved his talent many times (rush on his tune “Welcome to Jamrock”)
One more thing, Nas & Damian Marley will be top of the bill of the 2010 Paris Hip-Hop festival, with a gig on June 28th (at the Zénith)