Nas+Damian Marley


The recent collaborative album from the Queensbridge rap legend and Bob Marley’s most promising offspring might have benefited from a little third-party guidance—it stumbles a few times lyrically (rhyming “Nah mean?” with “antihistamine” and “Listerine”) and then ends on an overblown, preachy note. But when they’re just down in the trenches, trading off on couplets such as, “I got the guns/I got the ganja” (Nas could have taken both lines, actually) they do have an undeniable chemistry, and all they need to show it is two mics.

Sat., July 31, 5:30 p.m., 2010