Distant Relatives is an upcoming collaboration album by American rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian Marley, scheduled to be released on April 20, 2010.

News of the album first came at the 2009 Grammy Awards, Nas told MTV reporters „Right now, I’ll tell you first, I’m working on an album with Damian Marley, that should drop in April. We tryin’ to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment,“ he said. „We’re tryin’ to show love and stuff with this album. So, the record’s … all about really the ‘hood and Africa also as well.

Marley told Rolling Stone, „We’re trying to have a sound that’s reminiscent of both of us, but not exactly like either,“ says Marley, who adds they cut the disc with a live band. Proceeds will go to a project in Africa — possibly building a school in the Congo — and songs like „Count Your Blessings“ reflect on the plight of the continent. „A lot of charity albums come off corny,“ says Marley. „We want this to be something you’d play in your car.“ The album title derives from Nas and Marley’s relationship, their shared African ancestry, and the shared ancestry of the entire human race; which musically and lyrically inspired each recording.

Leftover tracks from Nas and Marley’s previous albums were originally planned for an EP based on Africa. After working together, the duo decided to record a full album together.

The album’s content will heavily revolve around Africa, from ancestry and poverty. The duo worked to maintain the theme, which will contain samples from African music. The album will offer their social commentary of the United States and Africa.

Bearbeitet von mukeba am 12. Mai. 2011, 17:16

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