News: Nas & Damian Marley's "Distant Relatives" Reportedly Pushed Back

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 12:45PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Nas and Damian Marley's upcoming Distant Relatives album has reportedly been pushed from its original March release to later this year.

According to reports, the duet project has also been green lit for a lead single.

It seems the title was changed from 'Only The Strong' to 'Strong Will Continue'. This is the rumored first single from the upcoming Distant Relatives album produced by Damian & Stephen Marley. I'm feeling this. Exclusive info: Album has been pushed back to April 20th. (Hip Hop N More)

Last month, Nas spoke on being unsure of what his fans would think of the project's release.

"I feel good about it," Nas said about the album and his legacy. "So I can't say how it's gonna affect my musical legacy. I just think that with everything I do, I want it to mean something. Like ['Tony Montana'] said, 'I tell the truth, even when I lie.' What he was sayin' is, he never lies. He's honest, even when he makes mistakes or misjudgements, he did it in truth. Everything I'm doing is because I feel right about it. The benefit of it [is] we contributed something to the world. Something like this...I don't know who's gonna like it, who's gonna hate it or whatever, but it's another contribution to the world. One more thing to just listen to." (Hip Hop DX)

He also believes the project will lead to more humanitarian efforts across the world.

"You, me, Damian, people out there -- we're all a human family," Nas said in an interview. "What we're talking about on this record is nothing too new; people know about political corruption in Africa and so many different things going on out there in the continent, but what we do is come together and make music. I think the topics can be related to by people in Sweden, by people in Germany, by people in China -- because we're all human; we all go through craziness. I want to build whatever we can build [from the profits]. We can build schools, states, hospitals. I mean, we want to give our whole heart." (National Public Radio)

Nas described the progress of Distant Relatives and the feedback he's received from fans on the Rock The Bells 2009 tour last summer.

Nas estimates it's about 90 percent done, Marley guesses a more conservative 75 percent, with songwriting contributions by Marley's brother Stephen and a guest feature by rapper K'Naan. "I just think it was me and Damian finding our way," Nas said about the project. "When you have two different artists working on a record when they're used to doing their own thing their own way, it's not as easy as people may think. We just flowed, and the next thing we looked up and there were so many songs done or so many songs started and worked on...we just decided to keep it going. It's not reggae. It's not rap. It's different sh*t for each of us...I know people are kind of like, 'What's happening? What's Nas doing? What's Damian doing? Is this really happening?' ... So just being out here on the road we get a good feel from people about this whole thing." (Billboard)

Distant Relatives will reportedly be released Tuesday, April 20th.

Check out Nas & Damian Marley's "Strong Will Continue"

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