Video: Nas & Damien Marley’s “Hope Road”

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Watch Part 1 of Mochilla’s new video series: Nas & Damien “Jr Gong” Marley go to The Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Jamaica. Mochilla enlisted the best possible videographer for this project: B+ (Stones Throw, Wax Poetics, Mochilla). Get more B+ art here.

It must have taken some strong Rastafarian medicine to get Nas’ permanent hip-hop scowl off his face, replaced by droopy eyes and laughter. Makes us wish we were smoking out with the Distant Relatives in Jamaica. In fact, we’re just going out to the roof for five minutes, be right back.

Nas & Damien Marley “As We Enter” Tinie Tempah Remix + MP3

Download this Tinie Tempah remix of “As We Enter” from the upcoming project by Nas & Damien Marley. We’re so ready for the release of Distant Relatives this Tuesday, plus their NYC performance on Monday. They’re also offering a download on their official site, so visit here too: distantrelatives.com.



Nas and Damien Marley Discuss Distant Relatives & the Politics of Hip Hop and Reggae

Tomorrow at 7pm, National Geographic Live presents a one-of-a-kind evening with some of hip-hop’s most legendary figures. The event will feature Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley in a discussion about the often under-appreciated evolution of and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip-hop.

Hip-hop, now a multibillion-dollar industry, originated as a vital form of cultural expression in Africa that was translocated 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 parks 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 music project, a collaborative effort by Marley and Nas, which will comprise of an album set for release in early 2010, a documentary film, performances and a series of public discussions.

Joining Nas and Marley for this conversation, moderated by MTV VJ Sway, will be key players in the development of both musical genres, including Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert.

You can watch the event live streaming here.
Saturday 12, 7pm EST