Lil Wayne to Appear on Nas and Damian Marley’s ‘Distant Relatives’
This whole ‘Distant Relatives’ collaboration between Nas and Damian Marley is becoming another hip-hop record overshadowed by its multiple release dates. However, last night, XXL got an exclusive preview and jotted down a new track listing that contains a surprise feature from the recently imprisoned Lil Wayne. The rapper appears on a track called ‘My Generation’ with singer Joss Stone.
Universal Republic is set to put the disc out sometime in May or June, but a concrete release date hasn’t been set yet. The record is reportedly dedicated to the “hoods of America and Africa” and also features productions by Marley in attempt to blur the boundaries between hip-hop and some of the genre’s forbearers such as reggae, dub and roots music. Nas recently sat down with the Miami Herald to explain the concept a bit more.
“Reggae and hip-hop are cousins,” he said. “Go back before the ’90s and think about the music that was playing on the ghetto blasters and you’ll hear it … The whole world is like family, split up all over the place. It’s overdue, and I want to help build whatever we can [in Africa]. I’ve worked with a lot of reggae artists, like Sizzla and Supercat, but not until [Marley’s] ‘Jamrock’ did I get a chance to work with Damian. I love his music and I’m a big fan of Bob Marley and the whole family. We haven’t worked out any tour dates yet, but I’m sure Damian and I will do something soon.”