Nas and Damian Marley join forces

Nas and Damian Marley have decided to a do whole album together (titled Distant Relatives), and I have to admit I’m kind of excited for it.  I wasn’t entirely sure how this would turn out because of the potential for it to come off as gimmicky, but I’m pretty pleased.  Check out the first official video for As We Enter.

Not bad!  Pitchfork’s been all over this album for quite some time now, and the hype has been building.  Part of what grabbed my attention is that these two decided to sample Amadou and Mariam’s Sabali for one of their tracks.  For those who don’t know, Sabali is a solidly-produced track by an incredibly talented Afro-pop duo from Mali.   But as yet, Amadou and Mariam aren’t exactly household names, so the use of one of their tracks from one is undoubtedly going to a pretty commercial-successful record is a great thing.

The sample is to be used on the track Patience, which you can check out over at The Fader.

If you want to buy the album, it should be out at a store near you.  It’s already up on Amazon and on iTunes.

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