Not content with just being announced as part of the rather-weak Lollapalooza 2011 lineup today, Nas and Damian Marley have dropped the music video for “Nah Mean” from their album Distant Relatives. The clip, shot almost entirely in black and white, follows Nasty Nas and Jr. Gong as they take to the streets of Jamaica, followed by a growing crew of locals. “Nah Mean” is reggae-infused hip-hop with lyrical commentary on poverty and the ill effects of capitalism (“It’s genocide, fifth floor cooking raw/ Had my own supply ’cause of capitalist ways”).
The pair also played at Coachella this month, and their set included a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” that (amusingly) featured Nas on bongos. Next, they will head to Chicago for Lollapalooza, for what looks to be an underwhelming festival headlined by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Muse–a disappointing slate after last year’s Arcade Fire/Lady Gaga/Phoenix trifecta. If this video of their performance at Coachella is proof, they’ll at least help fire up the bill:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 26, 2011