In the summer of 2010, Nasir Son of Olu Dara and Damian Son of Marley teamed up on a truly collaborative project. Distant Relatives combined two evocative voices and found a common ground by exploring momentous issues. They had plenty to talk about and some quality music emerged from the collaboration.
As part of my marathon coverage of all things Nas on the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, let's look back at Distant Relatives.
No one would accuse Nas of hubris if he ranked Illmatic as one of the most influential hip-hop albums ever. But what about the albums Nas deems equally significant? Asked this very question at a Reddit AMA, Nas mentioned the usual suspects, Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full. He also named Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail and Drake's Nothing Was the Same as game changers.
Do you agree with Nas?
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Nas released Illmatic. Twenty years later, Nasty Nas is still one of the best living emcees. But who are his own favorites? Peep the list below.
In the testosterone-driven world of hip-hop it's not unusual to gain notoriety by attacking your peers. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nas' debut album, let's look back at the great feuds that rocked hip-hop over the years, including Nas vs. Jay Z. The 10 greatest hip-hop battles of all time.