Damian Marley

Apr
28
New Music: Nas & Damian Marley f/ Joss Stone & Lil Wayne – ‘My Generation’

Nas and Damian Marley

Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley craft their own “We Are the World” for their joint album Distant Relatives. Joss Stone and Lil Wayne lift up the youth with their empowering lyrics, while the young choirs of L.A.’s Sunny Brae Elementary School and Oakwood School provide the background vocals.

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Apr
26
Video: Nas & Damian Marley – ‘As We Enter’

Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley shine a light in the dark in the video for “As We Enter,” the first single from their joint album Distant Relatives (May 18). The Nabil Elderkin-directed clip (Kanye West, Common) was shot in a dark, grimy warehouse in downtown L.A. Go behind the scenes below.

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Apr
16
Album Preview: Nas & Damian Marley – ‘Distant Relatives’

Distant Relatives

Nas has come a long way since Illmatic. Nine solo albums, millions of records sold, and countless Grammy nominations later, he’s an esteemed hip-hop veteran. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is cut from the same cloth of greatness. After being the only Jamaican artist to garner two Grammys on the same night for Welcome to Jamrock, he’s well on his way to following in the legendary footsteps of his late father Bob Marley.

As a collective, Nas and Damian Marley grab from reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall on their joint effort Distant Relatives (May 18), an album paying homage to their motherland of Africa. The fusion of a man from Kingston, Jamaica, and another from Queens, New York, coupled with tribal drums and instruments, creates a mighty sound. With production by Damian and his brother Stephen, combined with appearances by Lil Wayne and K’Naan, the duo isn’t just making hits, they’re creating history.

Rap-Up.com walks you through Nas and Damian’s journey track by track as they bridge the continental divide.

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Apr
14
Rap-Up TV: Nas & Damian Marley Talk Lil Wayne, Drake, J. Cole, & State of Hip-Hop

The dynamic duo of Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley share insight on their rap-meets-reggae album Distant Relatives, Lil Wayne’s absence from music, the state of hip-hop, and the future of the music industry. Plus, what does Nas think about rap’s rising stars including Drake and J. Cole? Find out the answer in Rap-Up TV’s exclusive sit-down interview.

Apr
11
Nas and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley Are Coming to Rap-Up TV

Nas and Damian Marley

It’s not often you have the opportunity to sit down with two of the most respected visionaries in their fields, Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Rap-Up TV chopped it up with the rap and reggae duo about their joint album Distant Relatives, working with Lil Wayne, and the new class of rappers. Keep an eye out for our interview later this week.

Mar
31
Video: Behind the Scenes of Nas & Damian Marley’s ‘Distant Relatives’

Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley take you behind the scenes of the recording process for their collaborative album Distant Relatives, with commentary from Oliver Stone, K’Naan, Busta Rhymes, Saul Williams, and DJ Green Lantern. The musical duo will share their African ancestry with the world when the album and tour kick off in May.

Mar
30
Nas & Damian Marley Announce ‘Distant Relatives’ Tour Dates

Nas and Damian Marley

Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley are taking their Africa-inspired album across the world on the “Distant Relatives Tour,” set to kick off May 21 in Arcata, Calif.

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