Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on August 2, 2010

photos by Samantha Marble

Nas & Damian Marley

In what seemed like just a few seconds, Damian Marley, his hype crew and duo of backup singers rushed the stage to the retro-sounding intro of their first single, "As We Enter." Soon after, Nas joined them onstage, where they delivered a high-energy opener, keeping up the Bob Marley tradition with a waving Ethiopian flag.

During his solo set, Nas seemed to create a sometimes intense, sometimes moody atmosphere among the audience of nodding heads. "Connecticut, let's represent!" Nas screamed over a roaring crowd. The rapper made his way through songs like "Nas Is Like" and "Hip Hop Is Dead."

"We just finished the record Distant Relatives. This wasn't about nothing but realness," the rapper said of the concept behind his and Marley's joint LP. "So to all my distant relatives out there, my leaders, this one's to all the leaders." With that he launched into the calming "Leaders."

Marley and Nas played off each other's energy during various cuts, delivering some authentic chemistry. And it was only fitting that the duo's set ended with a cover of Bob Marley's 1980 hit "Could You Be Loved." Marley played with the audience as he encouraged singing in what eventually became a full out sing-along with the echoing voices of the crowd right behind the chanting music. [MTV]

Nas & Damian Marley headlined a sold out show at Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday night, one night after Primus headlined there. Both acts also played the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT over the weekend (described above).

Nas & Damian performed a two-hour set of collaborative material (from this year's Distant Relatives) and solo songs ("One Mic," "Welcome to Jamrock," etc.). More pictures from their set and a video of show opening "As We Enter", with one more video, below...

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Nas & Damian Marley - As We Enter (LIVE) @ Warehouse Live in Houston

Distant Relatives @ Williamsburg Waterfront Montage (A compilation of clips from Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Distant Relatives World Tour, that stopped and shut it down in Brooklyn, NY!)

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Comments (15)

this must of been nuts! where the weed at???

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:48 PM

Great photos Sam!

Posted by Brian | August 2, 2010 12:53 PM

Probably worth mentioning the write up is from Gathering of the Vibes up in Bridgeport...which blew away the WF show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:09 PM

This show was probably amazing. I'm so mad I didn't go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:40 PM

this show was outstanding, far exceeded my expectations. to say nas and damian have chemistry together is and understatement and nas sounded great with a live band. good crowd too, everyone seemed really into it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 2:33 PM

Anyone know why it took so long to get in? I heard doors didnt open til 7:00 instead of 5:30 - true?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 2:38 PM

not sure what the hold up was getting in and the line backed up for blocks, but once it got moving it was quick to get in, only minimal bag search and no frisk. although, don't let that give you false confidence, there were alot of police inside the venue and even a drug sniffing dog. i saw several people arrested for smoking weed. this was the biggest let down of otherwise flawless night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 2:50 PM

Busted for smoking weed at a show where anyone with the surname Marley is playing is sacrilegious - simple as that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:02 PM

Damn! They had a dog in there? Wow - I was in front of the sound stage and saw nothing of the sort. Where were you?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:11 PM

@3:11 I didn't see the dog in the crowd, it was out in the grass area near the entrance to the beer garden. They were walking him around casually to the people laying out there.

I migrated to the sound stage once the show started, it was alot more green friendly over there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:20 PM

As always Sam, great shots!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:22 PM

Nas > JZ

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 4:25 PM

This show was one of the BEST I have seen in my life! I didn't stop moving the entire time and the energy in there was bananas! People of all different races dancing together and just loving each other. It was amazing! And Nas & Damian both KILLED it!

Posted by Vannell | August 2, 2010 5:50 PM

@4:25 true and this show confirmed that not only is nas a much better rapper, but he can do it live better than jay-z too. i've never seen jay-z come close to having this much energy. he's all talk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 6:21 PM

Play I some reggae... Jammin' concert!!! I must admit though that I was utterly disgusted by the presence of NYPD in bullet proof vest and M16 busting people for indulging in some Natural Mystic. This is blaphemy and sacrilegious at a Marley concert or any damn concert for that matter. I've been to a million concerts and neva seen so much police presence with heavy artillery. They even had a dog sniffing squad. Get ur priorities checked out. So much trouble in the world and they come out to bust youngsters smoking herb at a concert? Legalization of Marijuana is up on the ballot for november in california. Emancipate youself from mental slavery! one love!

Posted by NaturalMystic | August 8, 2010 1:31 PM

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