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Nas and Damian "JR. Gong" Marley Release New Song

04/21/2010
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Nas and Damian "JR. Gong" Marley have released yet another track from their upcoming project, Distant Relatives due out May 18th. "Land of Promise," which has already infiltrated the blogosphere as an embeddable widget (available at www.distantrelatives.com), and is the third track to be released off the album. The widget allows you a free download to the track and will keep users updated on all new developments with the Distant Relatives project.

Featuring the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Damian with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas, the album title, Distant Relatives, refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically.

Nas and Damian trace hip-hop's roots to Africa, where the genre originated as a vital form of cultural expression and was then transported by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the park jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the DISTANT RELATIVES project.

The partnership between the two artists is sure to amaze with an album encompassing 14 tracks including the highly buzzed about first singles "As We Enter" and "Strong Will Continue". DISTANT RELATIVES was produced by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and also features several guest appearances including Lil Wayne, who appears on the track "Generation," K'NAAN on "Africa Must Wake Up" and Tribal War," and Stephen Marley on "Leaders" and "In His Own Words."


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