Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian Marley

Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back”

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford

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By now you may have heard that Mick Jagger and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley are getting ready to collaborate on a musical project called Super Heavy. While we have little idea what the project will sound like, we know that Jagger and the Stones are veteran reggae-philes. So it was a pleasure digging up this video for the sake of entertaining your imagination. Today’s backwards expedition through the sands of time reveals “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back,” a cover of one of the original “get that dirt off your shoulder” chunes (by the Temptations), from a mellowed yet ever-mighty Peter Tosh and a characteristically pepped-up Mick Jagger. And yeah, that’s a young Sly and Robbie you spotted rocking and rolling pon the drum and bass. The simplicity and rawness of the video, including the hand-painted posters hanging tight in the backdrop of what seems to be a “we’re jamming” type session, complements the sincerity of this rare performance. So, yeah, when the haters dem try to hold you down, it’s betta you just keep it moving–one foot forward. Enjoy your trip!

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Fashion Fridays: Deadly Dragon x Mighty Crown Reggae For Japan Tee

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Supporting Japan relief efforts is a no-brainer for so many different reasons. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. For another, Japan is one of the biggest markets for reggae and dancehall, and arguably the most loyal. So hell yeah we’re down with the Reggae For Japan event that Japan’s No. 1 sound Mighty Crown and promoters Irish and Chin are putting on June 5 at York College in Queens. The lineup is extra heavy: Damian Marley, Freddie, Chino and Stephen McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Etana, Tanya Stephens, Mr Vegas, among others. Even better, since we’re always scouring for styles that we can believe in, New York’s Deadly Dragon Sound System and Mighty Crown have produced this limited “Reggae For Japan” tee, with the Japanese flag’s red sun represented as a turntable. Cop it here, or better yet at the show.

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Old Dog Like We: Mick Jagger and Damian Marley’s Jamaica-inspired Supergroup

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Rolling Stone

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We woke up this morning–or went to bed last night, can’t remember which–to news that made us reconsider if we were actually awake: Mick Jagger and Damian Marley have apparently joined forces in a group called Super Heavy that also includes celebrated Indian composer A.R. Rahman (of Slumdog Millionaire fame, if you’re American), and Joss Stone (who, you will recall, worked with Jr. Gong on the Distant Relatives project with Nas). The group was conceived by Dave Stewart, who those of us who remember the ’80s will recognize as the dude in the Eurythmics with Annie Lennox. According to Rolling Stone, the band has apparently been quietly recording for 18 months in a Los Angeles studio.

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Theory of Relativity: Nas & Damian Marley x Tim Westwood

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via Tim Westwood TV

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Distant Relatives Nas (or Nazzz if you’re British) and Damian Marley went on Tim Westwood’s show on BBC 1xtra, going deeper on the concept behind the LP project (“African history…cause it’s intriguing, like.”) than they have in most of their previous interviews and then in part 2 (after the jump) naming Erykah Badu and Raekwon as potential members, or at least comrades in the struggle. Wonder if Rae’s Bin Laden rap styles today will affect his standing in the United States of Africa (?) Stay tuned.

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Video: Nas + Damian Marley “Nah Mean”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Nas and Damian Marley continue to promote their year-old Distant Relatives project more vigorously this year than they did when it first came out, with another video filmed on the streets of Kingston. “Nah Mean” begins where their last one for “Land of Promise” left of, literally: the end of that video actually segues into this one. It’s an appropriate tie-in, considering those two stand way out as the most rewind-worthy, high-energy tunes on what was overall a pretty solid album. Out of all the videos that have emerged for the project thus far, “Nah Mean” is the most simplistic—it’s essentially one long shot—but it might also be the most effective, what with its non-stop forward motion and spliced-in crowd audio direct from the shoot. Nah mean?

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Video: Nas & Damian Marley “Land of Promise”

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton (via Okayplayer)

The dynamical duo of Pan-African upliftment, Nas and Damian Marley are back with the next video from the Distant Relatives project. “Land of Promise” happens to be one of my personal joints from the album–maybe the track where the rap, the reggae vibes and the whole United States of Africa theme best come together as one, thanks in no small part to the classic Aswad/Dennis Brown riddim. They went for a documentary-style shoot on the streets of Kingston for this one (please note Spragga Benz, Jah Cure and other reggae stars posted up in the background) as contrasted with the Egypto-crypto-mystical CGI of “Patience,” but the message still comes through loud and proud.

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