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Distant Relatives

Nas and Damian Jr. Gong Marley | IN HIS OWN WORDS Nas

IN HIS OWN WORDS Nas

B+

Distant Relatives

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Few best-of-both-worlds collaborations work as well as Distant Relatives, which pairs Nas’ incendiary rhymes with the keening hooks and global rhythms that Bob Marley’s youngest son favors. Together they vent assorted complaints — war, poverty, Nas’ divorce battle with Kelis — in righteous tones that only occasionally lapse into preachiness. B+

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Originally posted May 12 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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