Distant Relatives — the joint album by Nas and Damian Marley — has been pushed back time and time again. And there was even the rumor late last year that it was canceled. But this duo’s record appears to be actually coming together, with a release date set for April 20. A snippet of “As We Enter” appeared on the web last summer but now the full version is here. I can’t imagine every track on the album will be like this with Nas and Marley trading bars, though I can certainly dream. The whole “passing the microphone” aesthetic happens too rarely these days. And it doesn’t hurt that the beat, driven by slightly distorted bass and organs, is fresh, too.
You can stream “As We Enter” at 2DopeBoyz.