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Boomshots Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Damian Marley And Nas' 'Distant Relatives' Collab Album

Ten years ago today, May 18th, Damian Marley and Nas released Distant Relatives, a groundbreaking collaborative album between two of the most prodigious lyricists in their respective genres. The album has stood up well over the ensuing decade, taking its place in the highest ranks of both artists’ rich catalogs. As its title suggests, Distant Relatives was conceived as a way of building bridges between two major artists representing the kindred musical traditions of hip hop and reggae. It remains the first and only full-length project of its kind.

Described by The New York Times as “A Mash Up on Behalf of Mother Africa,” Distant Relatives was constructed around a diverse array of samples, ranging from classic reggae to dancehall/hip hop to Ethiopian jazz. A decade later, the wide-ranging genre known as “Afro Beats” occupy a place of power within the global music market, and artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Stonebwoy are well known to listeners all over the world. But in 2010 the idea of a rapper from Queensbridge and a dancehall DJ from Kingston was a forward-thinking concept—though hardly out of character for two sons of respected musicians who had been raised with a deep and abiding respect for African culture.

In the lead single “As We Enter,” Nas and D trade intricate bars over a Mulatu Astatke breakbeat. “My man’ll speak patois,” Nas rhymes, “and i can speak rap star.” He concluded his verse with a Swahili greeting “Habari gani,” to which Damian replied “Nzuri sana,” as if they were two friends chatting on the streets of Nairobi.

“That’s the way Jah planned it,” said Damian when I asked how the project came together during a recent chat aboard the most recent Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise. The artists first discovered their creative chemistry while recording the track “Road to Zion,” which appeared on Jr. Gong’s Grammy-winning classic Welcome to Jamrock.

It was Marley's manager Dan Dalton who suggested they get back in the studio to record an EP and the rest, as they say, is history. “We were both so excited,” Damian says, “we decided to make it a full-length album.” Check out the full convo on Boomshots IG:

The pair would go on to tour the world together in support of Distant Relatives, an experience that left him creatively re-energized. “It was the conversations,” he reflected in an interview by Rob Marriott. “It was the music that we were choosing. Those things opened me up. They took me to a different place, and it freed me up from the bullshit. It kept my shit real. That’s how I approach everything now. I don’t waste time entertaining you with a verse.”

Although plans for a 10th anniversary tour were postponed by the Covid 19 pandemic, tonight would be a great time to run this classic project back and rediscover the thrill of two masters sharpening their lyrical swords.

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Salaam Remi Selects Winner Of #IsItCusImBlack Sangin' Contest + Drops New "Black Love" Video w/Teedra Moses & DJ D-Nice

We've all seen how married rappers Papoose and Remy have championed the feeling, but now we have the theme song for the movement of "Black Love." Producer to the stars, Salaam Remi has enlisted the talents of the golden voiced siren, Teedra Moses and the world's favorite DJ, D-Nice for this feel good roller-skating jam.

The video, directed by Remi and @itsjustati⁣, takes place on "Black Love Beach" and has Moses dancing freely through the sands and spotlights other couples hugged up and smiling throughout the clip. The rolling bassline and the way the drums hit compliment Moses' high flying vocals of just wanting to love her significant other. Give a big shout out to the wonderful video edits, by Tatiana Crooks, of a quarantining D-Nice interspersed.

You'll be able to find the song on the upcoming full length album by Remi titled Black On Purpose.  What you'll also find on that album is the winner of the #VIBEIsItBecauseImBlackContest

Remi chose the winner, @B_Trenton (Congrats!) and he will be featured on the remixed version of the song, "Is It Cus I'm Black," previously released a few weeks ago. Partnering with VIBE for the search, Remi cycled through the contestants and picked the winner on the connection he felt to his vocals. The prize was being featured on the track along side of Anthony Hamilton, Black Thought, Cee-Lo Green, Syleena Johnson, & Stephen Marley. Check out the IG Live he conducted with B Trenton below.

 

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Video Premiere: Kay Anthony Links With Dot Demo On New Single "Bless Me"

It's a meeting of the dope guys. I say that with all realness as I've been a witness of seeing these two incredible MCs come up and claim their spots these last few years. They have done the solo push through the murky waters of being independent artists, learning the ups and downs of the music industry. After collecting their bumps and bruises, Kay Anthony of Brooklyn and Dot Demo of the Bronx are finally in their full swing of producing songs that showcase their matured sounds and amazing visuals.

Linking on Anthony's newest single, "Bless Me," the fellas flow and find pockets of greatness that will surely be a marker of times to come. The music has a deep pulse feel and is a smoker's delight, with it's wavy bassline and cool out hook: "Asking for the universe to bless..." The visuals, shot by Chapter.02, are smooth and "we outside-ish."

Dot Demo and Kay Anthony are the unexpected duo that you didn't know you needed. Check their latest full projects of music below.

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Cardi B Returns With “WAP” Video Feat. Megan Thee Stallion

After a nine-month music hiatus, Cardi B delivered a new single. The Bronx rapper unveiled the music video for, “WAP,” featuring Meghan Thee Stallion on Friday (Aug. 7).

Ahead of the single's release, Cardi and Meg hopped on YouTube for a live stream session with fans. The colorful music video features guest appearances from Normani, Rosalia and more.

On Tuesday (Aug. 4), Cardi posted an emotional video on Instagram thanking everyone for the positive feedback on the “WAP” announcement and album artwork. The single is also being sold on vinyl and cassette tape.

“Thank ya’ll so much for all the love I received,” Cardi said. “Ya’ll don’t even know how ya’ll had me feeling. I haven’t dropped a song in nine months so I feel like I’m staring all over again. The feeling that I had yesterday, ya’ll really had me tears. From my fans to people that [are] probably not really my fans, they were showing so much love and support for this new song.

“I just wanna say thank ya’ll so much. Ya’ll don’t even know how ya’ll had me feeling,” she continued. “Ya’ll had me f*cking crying.”

 

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Single droppin this Friday! WAP feat. @theestallion #Wap

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New VINYL OUT NOW ON MY WEBSITE !!! Go Go now ! Link in bio

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The track marks Megan's latest major collaboration after Beyonce joined her on “Savage” remix, which landed the Houston rapper her first No. 1 single. “Wap” could end up being the second chart-topper for both Cardi and Meg.

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