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|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|
|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|
|Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown||Keyboards|
|Josef Powell||Background Vocals|
|Phillip "Winta" James||Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping|
|Squiddly Cole||Percussion, Drums, Keyboards|
|L.A.'s Best Sunny Brae Choir||Background Vocals|
|Oakwood School 5th Grade Choir||Background Vocals|
|Andre "Illestr8" Forrest||Background Vocals, Hand Clapping|
|Jah Amen Mobley||Background Vocals|
|Courtney Diedrick||Drums, Hand Clapping|
|Christopher Merridith||Bass, Guitar, Keyboards|
|Rahsaan Alexander||Background Vocals|
|Kreiger Bailey||Background Vocals|
|Raymond Onyai||Background Vocals|
|Chad Blaize||Background Vocals|
|Stephen Marley||Composer, Programming, Producer|
|Damian "Junior Gong" Marley||Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer|
|Danny Zook||Sample Clearance|
|Nasir Jones||Composer, Executive Producer|
|Nesta Garrick||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
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 . . . .
Posted May 15, 2011
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