Distant Relatives 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… Distant Relatives 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… 2010-05-18 Nas and Damian Jr. Gong Marley Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Distant Relatives (2010)

Nas and Damian Jr. Gong Marley | IN HIS OWN WORDS Nas
IN HIS OWN WORDS Nas
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 18, 2010; Lead Performance: Nas and Damian Jr. Gong Marley; 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 Published in issue #1103 May 21, 2010 Order article reprints