Nas and Damian Marley – Distant Relatives : Album Review

Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives - 2010 - Republic Records

I’ll admit, I was really jacked for this album. Despite Nas constantly letting me down(every album since “It Was Written”). I for what ever reason continue to have faith in him. Nas’s “Illmatic” is in my all-time top 10. I was a real big fan of Damian’s “Welcome To Jamrock” from 2005. The teaming of these to artists sound like a great idea. And after listening, it was a great idea.

The album leans more towards “Welcome to Jamrock”. That should come as great news to the Nas fans who remember the album “Nastradamus” from 1999. It could have turned out like that, with Nas making terrible beat choices. I’m guessing it was Damians idea to feature a live band on this record. Good call Damian, good call.

Nas and Damian Marley have great chemistry on this whole record. Even when the track is “ehhhh”, Nas and Damian atleast do what they can with it. For better or for worse, they do what they can. Like most albums from the genera these days, it drags. It only clocks in at one hour, but it feels like more. It definately has its highs and lows.

Highs:

As We Enter – Really hard hitting, head nodding opener

Strong Will Continue – my only problem with this track is the six minute run time, does not need to be so long.

Dispear – All around heavy.

Land Of Promise – Best track from the album. Hard hitting, dub inspired banger.

Nah Mean – Hard. Could fit easily on a Nas record, as one of the few great tracks on the album. But I digress.

Patience – More dub inspired heat. Super solid.

Lows:

Pretty  much everything else on the record. Don’t get me wrong, its not terrible. But its not very good either. Featuring guest spots by Joss Stone(yuck), Lil Wayne(wait what? why?) and K’naan. I am not a believer in the K’naan hype, he is meh.

All in all a solid effort. By no means essential, but a worth while listen for fans, and those interested.

-SJK

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