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Distant Relatives [Clean Lyrics]

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527406596
  • Catalog Number: 001439802
  • Sales rank: 120,661

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
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
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

    Home Run for Damian and Nas

    Distant Relatives is by no means the first collaboration between the hip-hop and Rasta cultures--but it might very well be the finest to date. Damian Marley is arguably the most musically accomplished off-spring of Bob Marley, and Nas' rich body of work speaks for itself. In fact, this reviewer is surprised more artists have not teamed these two genres together--the marriage between rap and reggae makes sense on many levels.

    Passionate, infectious, thoughtful and fun are four adjectives which could easily apply to this collection. "In His Own Words" is nothing less than a praise song, evoking the name of Ja, while Nas adds a heavy dose of realism to the track. "Count Your Blessings" encourages the listener to do two things at once: be thankful for the good things in life, and dance until you drop. "Leaders" gives us a bit of history, along with an exhortation to consider who it is we should be following. Songs like "Strong Will Continue", "Africa Must Wake Up" and "Land of Promise" shed light not only on Africa's problems and challenges, but also--and perhaps most importantly--on its promise and potential.

    This duo first emerged on one of Damian's solo releases with a song called "Road to Zion" (that song also spawned an extremely simple yet powerful video). One has to believe that the feedback from that track led these two extremely talented and respected artists to join forces for the full-length Distant Relatives.

    Much like Johhny Depp in the Pirate series or Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon movies, one can only hope that this effort will, in turn, lead to yet another sequel (or multiple sequels!). Let me challenge Nas' recent assertion: hip-hop is NOT dead--especially when it finds a home on the island of Jamaica. Speaking of islands . . .if I were stranded on one, and could only select one piece of music to keep me company, Distant Relatives would no doubt be on the short list of choices. Yes--it is that good!

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