Distant Relatives [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527354019
  • Catalog Number: 001413602
  • Sales rank: 22,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As We Enter - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (2:28)
  2. 2 Tribes at War - K'NAAN (4:30)
  3. 3 Strong Will Continue - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (6:01)
  4. 4 Leaders - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:19)
  5. 5 Friends - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:49)
  6. 6 Count Your Blessings - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:23)
  7. 7 Dispear - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (5:53)
  8. 8 Land of Promise - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (3:53)
  9. 9 In His Own Words - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (5:00)
  10. 10 Nah Mean - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:08)
  11. 11 Patience - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (5:45)
  12. 12 My Generations - Joss Stone (3:59)
  13. 13 Africa Must Wake Up - K'NAAN (6:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nas Primary Artist
Dennis Brown Background Vocals
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Paul Fakhourie Bass, Keyboards
Stephen Marley Guitar, Keyboards
Leon Mobley Percussion, Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Indexed Contributor
Mike Rowe Keyboards
George Pajon Guitar
Rovleta Fraser Background Vocals
Roselyn Williams Background Vocals
Noelle Scaggs Background Vocals
Ann Marie Calhoun Violin
Shiah Coore Bass, Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Will Wheaton Background Vocals
Sean Diedrick Keyboards
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown Keyboards
Andrea Carter Guitar
Josef Powell Background Vocals
Phillip "Winta" James Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Miles Tackett Cello
Squiddly Cole Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Rannoy Gordon Guitar
L.A.'s Best Sunny Brae Choir Background Vocals
Oakwood School 5th Grade Choir Background Vocals
Daniel Chappell Brass
Andre "Illestr8" Forrest Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Luke Aiono Guitar
Jah Amen Mobley Background Vocals
Courtney Diedrick Drums, Hand Clapping
Christopher Merridith Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Funji Legohn Brass
Miles Tackette Cello
Rahsaan Alexander Background Vocals
Kreiger Bailey Background Vocals
Raymond Onyai Background Vocals
Chad Blaize Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer
Nas Producer
Andrew Green Engineer
Stephen Marley Composer, Programming, Producer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Vernon Mungo Engineer
Danny Zook Sample Clearance
Tim Harkins Engineer
Mariam Doumbia Composer
Marc Lee Engineer
Benjamin Reid Engineer
Charles Wakeman Engineer
Lisa Parade Director
Casey Lewis Engineer
Josh Newell Engineer
Dwayne Carter Composer
Keinan Warsame Composer
Nasir Jones Composer, Executive Producer
George Massa Engineer
Amadou Bajayoko Composer
Nesta Garrick Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Grammy Award Nomination for Best Album of 2010 or I'm leaving the country

    What do you get when you mix together Hip-hop, reggae, dancehouse and pop? You get Distant Relative, one of the most arresting musical collaborations in recent memory.

    Favorite tracks: "In His Own Words" evokes the spiritual center of Rasta. In "Count Your Blessings", Damian and Nas trade rhymes about appreciating the good things in life, while keepin' it real. "Leaders" takes us on a journey down memory lane, while exhorting today's generation to be careful who you follow.

    When country met rock back in the 70s (think Charlie Daniels Band), people looked at each other and wondered what took so long. Same thing in the 90s when Aerosmith wedded rock and rap in "Walk this Way". I'm wondering why reggae and hip-hop have waited until now to hook-up.

    These two musical and lyrical geniuses had better be thinking like Pirates of the Carribean and give us at least one or two sequels . . .this stuff is WAY too good to stop here. Fresh, original, cerebral, inspirational, fun--can't find enough adjectives to do this one justice. Hands down, the finest CD of 2010--so far . . . .

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