VIDEO/ALBUM PREVIEW: Nas and Damian Marley – As We Enter

Nas & Damian Marley (Feat K’naan)Africa Must Wake Up
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Damian Marley & Nas Feat. Dennis Brown – The Promised Land

I’m glad to see that Nas and Damian are going forward with the Mulatu-sampling “As We Enter,” as their first single from their album Distant Relatives. I know in most circles this album has been eagerly anticipated.

From the tracks that leaked so far this seems like an interesting project. While it might not have the mainstream appeal of Nas’ previous albums, I enjoy the fact that they’re bringing to light the connection to hip-hop, reggae, and pan-African sounds. A lot of these world music projects seem forced, but the tracks that leaked so far (including the excellent “Africa Must Wake Up,”) are bangers.

What do y’all think? Are you excited about this project?