Cities of the Plain

Distant Relatives

Do you miss the days of over-the-top After Effects in hip-hop videos? Do you like smoke machines, burning torches and lions in your music videos? Are you nostalgic for absurd interpretations of iconography? Me neither, but there’s plenty of each to spare in the latest video from Nas and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives collaboration. It must be strange as a performer to shoot something like that in front of a green screen and have no idea how it will turn out.

In some seriousness, it’s great to see Amadou & Miriam - responsible for the infectious hook that we don’t understand - in the video. Too often, bands are wont to shrug off the artists they’ve sampled, implying (or, at times, explicitly stating) that their artistry and use of the sample is more important than the sample itself. In this case, Nas and Damian Marley instead embraced their samplees and helped bring more attention to Amadou & Miriam. Good on you, sirs.

mp3: Nas and Damian Marley - Patience
mp3: Amadou & Miriam - Sabali
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