Grammy-nominated rapper Nas has announced plans to release an upcoming collaboration album with singer Damian Marley.
The Queens, New York-bred emcee confirmed the forthcoming project at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
“Right now, I’ll tell you first, I’m working on an album with Damian Marley, and we tryin’ to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment,” Nas said. “We’re tryin’ to show love and stuff with this album. So, the record’s … all about really the ‘hood and Africa also as well. That’s coming out real soon…Too early to tell the title or anything like that,” he said. “Shout out to my man Jr. Gong, we getting it in right now.” (MTV News)
Nas previously hinted at making a big announcement last week.
“[I’m] trying to get myself together creatively [and] just [keeping] my head all straight to figure out what the next move is,” Nas said in an interview. “Couple of special things up my sleeve that should be unveiled in the next few weeks.” That’s about all he’ll say about them, although he promises that one of the projects “is history.” (Billboard)
The album will follow-up last summer’s Untitled project.
A politically charged self-titled album, at one point considered to be titled N*gger, materialized in 2008, and not without some controversy of its own. (All Music)
Marley is known for 2005’s popular “Welcome to Jamrock” single, speaking on political injustice much to the same effect as Nas is known for.
When “Welcome To Jamrock” erupted onto airwaves and blew apart iPods halfway through 2005 it came as a shock to some–but not to Damian “Jr Gong” Marley. The song is about the farthest thing from commercial music offerings today–an outraged and unapologetic description of the poverty and “political violence” ravaging his homeland of Jamaica–but “Welcome To Jamrock” hit–and hit hard–because it’s the sound of truth and the result of years of work to bring that truth to light. ” (Damian Marley Music)