Distant Relatives

Universal Music


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Distant Relatives is a Nas and Damian Marley collaboration exploring and celebrating the connection between reggae and hip-hop, tracing both sounds to the African motherland. Unlike previous collaborations between Jamaican and American artists, Distant Relatives isn’t a remix or featured artist project, but rather a fully collaborative effort.

The youngest son of the legendary Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever reggae artist to win a Grammy Award outside of the Reggae category, taking home an award for Best Urban/Alternative performance for his smash 2005 single Welcome To Jamrock. The acclaimed breakthrough album of the same name also won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

A hip-hop icon since his immortal guest verse on Main Source’s 1991 “Live At The Barbeque,” Nas burst out of the Queensbridge housing projects, a hotbed of rap artistry since the early ’80s. The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, Nas has since gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide over the span of his legendary career, and has acted as an ambassador for hip-hop culture throughout the globe.


  1. As We Enter (Radio Edit)
  2. Tribes At War
  3. Strong Will Continue
  4. Leaders
  5. Friends
  6. Count Your Blessings
  7. Dispear
  8. Land Of Promise
  9. In His Own Words
  10. Nah Mean
  11. Patience
  12. My Generation
  13. Africa Must Wake Up