Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian Marley

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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Free Money: Jahdan “Quick Money” World Premier + Free Download!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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If you never did know our good bredrin and LargeUp contributor DJ Theory also happens to be a prolific DJ (duh) and producer with several dusty fingers dipped into the worlds of hiphop and reggae, respectively. Not too long ago, he sneak-leaked a track from Jahdan Blakkamoore, one of our favorite artists here at LU, called “Quick Money”–a brilliant flip of the same “Sabali” sample that Nas & Damian Marley used on “Patience.”  With a Guyanese Brooklyn singjay attacking a rap beat built from an Afropop gem it’s kind of like the ultimate pan-tropical, OkayEmpire theme song and  I had to have it for a blend on my Ghetto Palms column. Blakkamoore represents himself something fearsome, like Nas & Jr. Gong in one, plus a little Bounty Killer gone dubstep on the doubletime breakdown. Anyway, now that everything is properly signed off and mixed down, LargeUp is proud to present the world premier of “Quick Money” in it’s official, FREELY DOWNLOADABLE form. Stream below and then get it here. Quick! Before the federales storm in again.

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Pass The Torch: Cedella Marley x PUMA x 2012 Olympics

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford

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As you may (or may not) know, Jamaica’s track team is a lightning-fast force not to be played with. With all eyes on superstar Usain Bolt the 2012 Olympics in London will surely feel like a Kingston stage show once the JA athletes hit the tracks–a highly anticipated moment in Olympic history. And who better to outfit the team with some wicked garms for this auspicious occasion than a Marley? Cedella Marley, that is.

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