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The article below is from TheProgram101.com and features a review from Neil Acharya. As you can tell, he does a much better job analyzing music than I do. The blog has just about everything including articles all-things hip hop. The dude who runs the blog knows his ish and stays on top of the game, so check the blog out and check out the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/The-Program-101/122956344388781?ref=ts
Neil Acharya is a journalist out of Toronto Canada, and a good friend of The Program. And we are fortunate enough to be able to display his articles here for your enjoyment. Today we have his review from Exclaim.cafor the recent Nas/Damian Marley release. Look for more from Neil in the future here on the program.
Nas and Damian Marley
Distant Relatives was the perfect concept for Damian Marley, long overdue for a follow up to 2005′sWelcome to Jamrock, and Nasir Jones, a man in search of new inspiration to channel his creative juices. The idea ― Junior Gong and Nas are one in the same ― much about themselves and everything about their art can be traced back to their roots in Africa. Hence the Mother Continent features heavily on the album. The majority of the backing music doesn’t stray away from the traditional reggae dancehall style of employing a live band. Sometimes live vocalists are used and there isn’t a heavy reliance on samples. While this is more up Marley’s alley, it’s not exactly what we’re used to from Nas, but he comes off seamlessly. Hell, even Lil Wayne (who’s featured on “My Generation”) sounds passable without any fancy production gizmos. The best track on the album is first track “As We Enter.” Curiously, this is the only time on Distant Relatives that Nas and Marley go back and forth, line for line, and that’s too bad because it works so well. The album has the consistency you would expect from these two talented artists. And Nas seems reinvigorated by the subject matter and working with Damian and his brother Stephen Marley, as well as the likes of K’naan (featured on “Tribes at War”).
By Neil Acharya