Nas and Damian in Brooklyn – A family affair

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“Nas and Damian Marley … It's called Distant Relatives because that's what we are! This isn't a concert, it's a family affair!"

Nas announced onstage at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday (July 31), referring to his collaborator and co-headliner Damian Marley.

Throughout the show, the duo performed cuts off their Distant Relatives album together as well as doing alternating solo sets, all to a crowd of 7500 with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.



The show began with As We Enter, with Nas and Damian backed by a full band that included a bongo player, backing vocalists, DJ Green Lantern and even a flag waver who waved the Jamaican banner for the duration of the 90 minute set.


Damian's solo set included The Mission and More Justice. He then sang father Bob Marley's hits War and No More Trouble. "If you're next to someone who's not jumping, grab them!," Damian yelled before incorporating the elder Marley's Exodus into Move.


Nas returned for Distant Relatives cut Patience," which featured Damian Marley's falsetto.

Strong Will Continue was a standout that suited the audience's energy and had an anthem feel.

During Nas' Got Yourself A Gun, so familiar with fans that he barely had to rap, he let them take over.

Made You Look had the audience in a frenzy that continued to Damian's solo Welcome to Jamrock. Lighters made their return for Road to Zion, after which Damian told the audience, "This song is about the birthplace of humanity," before moving into finale Africa Must Wake Up which had the entire audience singing along.

(Source: Billboard)


 

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