Video: Nas & Damian Marley Interview w/ DJ Semtex

I caught up with Nas and Damian Marley at Rock the Bells in L.A. They talk about their forth-coming ‘Distant Relatives’ project.

*The concept of Distant Relatives.
*How they hooked up.
*Working in the studio.
*K’naan gets the ultimate co-sign.

The Nas footage isn’t the best, but that’s how it goes when you get 10 minutes with one of the hottest rappers in the game in his tour bus, 12 minutes before he hits the stage. There wasn’t enough room on the tour bus for my camera crew.

Sidebar: this was shot before the Blueprint tracklist leaked.


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104 Responses to “Video: Nas & Damian Marley Interview w/ DJ Semtex”

  1. D. Billz Says:

    Canaan > K’naan

  2. cOLD Says:

    hey mane > k’naan

  3. b-ease Says:

    Don Draper >>>>>

    nh

  4. cOLD Says:

    wtf is a don draper (no google).

  5. Hombre Negro Says:

    looking forward 2 this…

  6. cOLD Says:

    Ease give it to me straight (pause) wack concept or, potential?

  7. Joe 88 Says:

    You think it’s love, it’s hate
    look at all the mothers at wakes
    of sons you’ve killed
    and you aint even got a cut on yo face
    (c) God Son

    Smoking purple while listening to NaS “purple” >

  8. b-ease Says:

    @ cold

    dude from Mad Men. Smokes cigarettes and drinks in the office (everbody does), and bags the baddest snow bunnies the 1960’s had to offer. He’s admirable. nh

  9. b-ease Says:

    Ease give it to me straight (pause) wack concept or, potential?

    ^^
    Funny you asked, cause I literally just opened my email in another window and clicked the script idea…I’ll let you know in a minute…

  10. b-ease Says:

    Smoking purple while listening to NaS “purple” >

    ^^
    Lost Tapes > Stillmatic

  11. Beezy Says:

    leaks we off that
    comments we off that
    nah right we off that

  12. CiCi The Intern Says:

    Aww shit. My favorite MC has stepped in the room!

    Broadway Joe!

    AHHHHHHH!

    *faints*

  13. b-ease Says:

    Tried avoiding the morning Newport in an attempt to quit, but I’m just not ready…

    *goes downstairs to grab cigarettes*

  14. Joe 88 Says:

    Lost Tapes > Stillmatic

    ^I doooooon’t know, that’s a very very close one, when I first hear the lost tapes, I was blown away (no white girl oral) when I stayed with a family member I had no TV & went to sleep to that album every night, it has hella bangers on there, but stillmatic gets better every couple of months I break it out the stash, and I think i’ve ran the lost tapes into the hole. I can’t even listen to some of the songs I use to jam to (c) Doo ragz

    I hate that song so fucking much, lol. But FTR

    Nas “my way” > Jay-Z “my way”

  15. cOLD Says:

    Funny you asked, cause I literally just opened my email in another window and clicked the script idea…I’ll let you know in a minute

    ^ if you have trouble understaning I have a different description that might be easier overstanding.

  16. Eastern_Digital Says:

    James Caan >>> K’Naan

  17. Joe 88 Says:

    CiCi The Intern Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 8:44 am
    Aww shit. My favorite MC has stepped in the room!

    Broadway Joe!

    AHHHHHHH!

    *faints*

    lol

    *hugs CiCi*

    Is that blue ocean essence of beauty I smell on you this morning CiCi?

  18. cOLD Says:

    is it true you’re featured on Jay-z’s empire state of mind

    Nas: whats that?

    ^Ether boy.

  19. CiCi The Intern Says:

    *hugs CiCi*

    Is that blue ocean essence of beauty I smell on you this morning CiCi?
    ^^^

    Nah, just Henny and homemade breakfast…

  20. Joe 88 Says:

    R.I.P to my Ipod

    December 25th 2007 > Some rainy ass day in August 2009

    *starts crying a lil bit*

  21. sleep Says:

    K’naan is better than your favorite rapper. U dumb ass niggas probably think gucci man is better than k,naan

  22. Big Homie Says:

    Good morning all

  23. The Shot Clock aka We talkin bout dogs...not a game, not a game. dogs. Says:

    stomach fat > off that

  24. CiCi The Intern Says:

    cOLD Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 8:50 am
    is it true you’re featured on Jay-z’s empire state of mind

    Nas: whats that?

    ^Ether boy.
    ^^^

    Hell, I’d act like it didn’t exist too if I knew that I would be relegated to doing just the hook …

  25. cOLD Says:

    88, cici, billz, sleep,eastern, beezy, good morning

  26. b-ease Says:

    Hell, I’d act like it didn’t exist too if I knew that I would be relegated to doing just the hook …

    ^^
    I’m not sure if you’re making an implication on what happened to Drake, but according to Benhameen Drake was supposed to drop verse, but couldnt find his “mojo”.

  27. b-ease Says:

    *daps all in vicinity*

  28. cOLD Says:

    so today marks the begining of the new dress code, I left the yankee fitted in the whip. These people are in awe that I actually have a head of hair on my dome.

  29. Homo Says:

    mmmm I wish don draper would hold me :)

  30. cOLD Says:

    didnt Rakim have a NY state of mind too?

  31. KzA Says:

    Homo Says:
    ^^

    Amp quit playin

  32. b-ease Says:

    Inglorious Basterds was dope. Not exactly what I was expecting, which is a good thing. With that said, I’m not sure if its in Tarantino’s upper echelon.

    Pulp Fiction > Resovoir Dogs > Kill Bill (full length) > Jackie Brown > Kill Bill Vol. 2 > Inglorious > Kill Bill Vol. 1 > Death Proof

    All of the above films are dope tho, real dope.

  33. Joe 88 Says:

    Cormega >

  34. Big Homie Says:

    I’m submitting a contract to a home today. Wish me luck

  35. cOLD Says:

    rappers I monkey flip em, with the funky rhythm I be kicking.

    ^ this was ’92 my friends.

  36. b-ease Says:

    December 25th 2007 > Some rainy ass day in August 2009

    ^^
    If its any consolation, he had a good life. Two years for an Ipod is like a black man in America reaching 80.

  37. b-ease Says:

    Good luck on that contract Paul.

  38. Homo Says:

    Brad pitt was sooooooooo fucking sexy in inglorious

  39. cOLD Says:

    edit 94

  40. Mr. i don't give fidduck abidout the shit that you commented Says:

    i twist ’em, baby mama beef victim
    chronic leaf hittin’, all kinds of heat with him, wisdom
    from pot to piss in to high position
    intense hustle, it’s pain like a pinched muscle
    ’til it rains and my timbs stain my socks
    ’til I dodge enough shots, and the presiding judge slams a mallet an say “life” ima guap/then i co
    then I yacht/then I dock
    island hopping away from nightmare holders
    or cowboy slingers who shoot up any club
    to see they names ring loud on some FBI poster
    must be on x or he coked up, suggesting I post a
    bail I’m like yes, ’cause we soldiers
    we just getting older, in time/ we still in our prime
    i can’t afford a new arrest on my folder
    nigga breathe

    ^^^
    dead realness. shit speaks volumes

  41. Joe 88 Says:

    My pens addicted to men that been convicted
    every housing project I rep the realness
    (c) Mega

    The True meaning > The Realness > Legal hustle > Rapper/hustler

  42. Big Homie Says:

    Good luck on that contract Paul.

    ^ thanks and fuck you Bernard

  43. CiCi The Intern Says:

    *daps and hugs the people*

    @ b-ease

    “find his mojo”? You’re about to do a record with Hov, you better find something. What type of punk ass thing is that …? If I get handed a big project and I turn it in saying some variant of “can’t find my mojo”, my ass would be fired.

  44. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    I really wouldn’t mind seeing this clip. Rats.

  45. b-ease Says:

    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.

  46. Joe 88 Says:

    *Listens to Ghost writer “run this town” freestyle again*

  47. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    District 9 was unimpressive to me, just blah.

  48. Beezy Says:

    who is this homo character

  49. Big Homie Says:

    *turns up mojo*

    *writes a $5,000 check for my realator*

    Yo “Penitentiary” w/ Ghost and “Broken Safety” w/ Styles & Jada is sounding tough. Can’t wait for OB4CL2

  50. Joe 88 Says:

    b-ease Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 9:03 am
    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.

    ^This.

    I wish I was in my 2006/2007 club mode, I would prolly blackout, die & come back to life of the dance floor by time kanye verse comes on.

  51. b-ease Says:

    What type of punk ass thing is that …? If I get handed a big project and I turn it in saying some variant of “can’t find my mojo”, my ass would be fired.

    ^^
    Yo, I feel you 110%. The concept of not being able to come up with a verse for a Hov record is like not being able to get it up for Keri Hilson. There’s something deeply wrong with you.

  52. RIGZ Says:

    Whats the gospel Nahright

  53. b-ease Says:

    D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:04 am
    District 9 was unimpressive to me, just blah.

    ^^
    Word? What didnt work for you?

  54. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.
    ^
    Wow, I’ve been saying this for the last 2 weeks and been receiving nothing but blank stares on Nah.

  55. No_neva-eva Says:

    Yall can’t tell me Nah Right isn’t getting paid to post that body spray post. Shit has been on the front page for like 3 days…

    New shit from Jay & Rae slides back to the 2nd page, body spray remains..I’m not trying to call yall out but it’s pretty damn obvious.

  56. cOLD Says:

    My pens addicted to men that been convicted
    every housing project I rep the realness (c) Mega

    ^ I rap for listeners blunt heads fly ladies and prisoners >

  57. b-ease Says:

    Can’t wait for OB4CL2

    ^^
    I mean…those snippets were fucking disgusting. Rae might actually pull off the impossible…

  58. b-ease Says:

    Wow, I’ve been saying this for the last 2 weeks and been receiving nothing but blank stares on Nah.

    ^^
    This is true.

  59. cOLD Says:

    a nickle plate is my fate, the medicine is the ganja.

  60. RIGZ Says:

    smh @ the cuban snippets disappearing…wtf is this…

  61. Big Homie Says:

    I mean…those snippets were fucking disgusting. Rae might actually pull off the impossible…

    ^ Cosign…been rockin those snippets hard

  62. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Word? What didnt work for you?
    ^
    I was drunk though but i lost interest in the movie. In all fairness i have to see it again to give a fair assessment.

  63. b-ease Says:

    I would prolly blackout, die & come back to life of the dance floor by time kanye verse comes on.

    ^^
    My cousin, who hasnt listened to a Jay album since Blueprint, only bumps Gucci in his whip, and still steals Mobb Deep CDs, called me yesterday at 11am, like “yo, Kanye KILLED that shit son”.

    I’m almost positive that he’s never heard a Kanye album in his life.

  64. Big Homie Says:

    smh @ the cuban snippets disappearing…wtf is this

    ^ I know right. Tried to pull them up earlier but they weren’t there. I thought it was my computer at work just not downloading the page.

  65. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    smh @ the cuban snippets disappearing…wtf is this…
    ^
    I’ll find them, one sec.

  66. cOLD Says:

    I mean…those snippets were fucking disgusting. Rae might actually pull off the impossible…

    ^ I’m assuming by impossible, you mean out doing part 1.

  67. CiCi The Intern Says:

    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.
    ^^^

    I agree.

  68. Big Homie Says:

    Rigz: But they got the snippets up on Youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8U5PJeNtQ

  69. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    Oh shit Rigz is right, wTF!

  70. Big Homie Says:

    Rigz: But they got the snippets up on Youtube

    youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8U5PJeNtQ

  71. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8U5PJeNtQ
    ^
    Can’t see Yube, rats.

    Rae’s album will leak this week.

  72. The Shot Clock aka We talkin bout dogs...not a game, not a game. dogs. Says:

    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.
    ^^^

    I agree.

    ^

    *heckles cosigners*

  73. Homo Says:

    My boyfriend loved district 9, it was okay but I would have preferred to go see something on broadway

  74. b-ease Says:

    ^ I’m assuming by impossible, you mean out doing part 1.

    ^^
    Not even outdoing, just getting it in or around the same vicinity of quality would be pretty fucking incredible to me.

  75. RIGZ Says:

    more people need to holla at Marly Marl for beats

    that Pyrex Vision loop >>>>>>>>>

  76. The Shot Clock aka We talkin bout dogs...not a game, not a game. dogs. Says:

    *daps the lady, the Nahdees and the rest*

  77. b-ease Says:

    RIGZ Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:14 am
    more people need to holla at Marly Marl for beats

    that Pyrex Vision loop >>>>>>>>>

    ^^
    Marley did that?!? Holy shit…that mightve been my favorite snippet.

  78. Joe 88 Says:

    what is it with niggas bumping gucci in the wheels? Can’t front tho, he does make that four wheel drive music, and FTR The movie pt2 is growing on me (pause) I didn’t like it at first, but soon as I heard it in my mans car that shit got 10x better instantly, swearta’gawd

    pressure, pressure, these boys under pressure, I know he a college boy, I heard he a stepper, hydro, eyes lo, gucci mane & whoo da kid ooooh no!

  79. The Shot Clock aka We talkin bout dogs...not a game, not a game. dogs. Says:

    Bob Sagat stole the entire Entourage season with his one scene this last episode.

  80. CiCi The Intern Says:

    That Rae, Jada and Styles P jawn = erection

  81. cOLD Says:

    Jay-z sayin peace gawd gives us all a glimpse of hope.

    its the return of thee god peace gawd.

  82. Chief Ali aKa Stop the Bitchassness Says:

    Cuban Revolution>>>>

  83. The Shot Clock aka We talkin bout dogs...not a game, not a game. dogs. Says:

    I didn’t like it at first, but soon as I heard it in my mans car that shit got 10x better instantly, swearta’gawd

    ^

    welcome

    *hands Joe a stanley fill out form*

  84. Beezy Says:

    yo D_Block what you think about the Hov/Drake joint?

  85. cOLD Says:

    CiCi The Intern Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:15 am
    That Rae, Jada and Styles P jawn = erection

    ^roffs.

  86. b-ease Says:

    pressure, pressure, these boys under pressure, I know he a college boy, I heard he a stepper, hydro, eyes lo, gucci mane & whoo da kid ooooh no!

    ^^
    Yea, he played that joint about 5 times back to back in the car the other nite. It was horrible when I first heard it, by the fifth play I was ready to label Gucci the second coming (ll).

    I mean, “I know he a college boy, I know he a stepper”?!? Thats just hilarious.

  87. Big Homie Says:

    That Rae, Jada and Styles P jawn = erection

    ^ yup

  88. Homo Says:

    Nobody makes better strip club music than gucci mane, the last song that really blew me away when it came was lollipop.

  89. Joe 88 Says:

    Beezy Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 9:17 am
    yo D_Block what you think about the Hov/Drake joint?

    ^Linkage? (pause)

  90. cOLD Says:

    whasarp!

  91. cOLD Says:

    That Rae, Jada and Styles P jawn = erection

    ^ yup

    ^ catalina ftw.

  92. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    My fav snippets of the top:

    Kiss The Ring
    Aason something
    Surgical Gloves
    Gihad
    Catalina
    Pyrex Vision
    Fat Lady Sings
    Broken Safety
    Have Mercy
    New Wu
    Cold Outside
    Sonny Missing

    Basically the whole fucking thing..

  93. RIGZ Says:

    that new jay is aight…i just get the feeling he shouldnt have called this album “Blueprint”

    Just that title alone is gonna make people judge the album differently…

  94. Hymen Hunter Says:

    overdraft fees FTL.

  95. cOLD Says:

    overdraft fees FTL.

    what you get hit with 25 or 35?

  96. Joe 88 Says:

    Yea, he played that joint about 5 times back to back in the car the other nite. It was horrible when I first heard it, by the fifth play I was ready to label Gucci the second coming (ll).

    I mean, “I know he a college boy, I know he a stepper”?!? Thats just hilarious.

    *dead*

    *turns up gucci mane “my kitchen”*

    And he kinda killed the joint with mariah too.

  97. Sham aka The Computer Puter! Says:

    If I couldn’t get it up for Keri Hilson, i’d join the piresthood off GP. I’d be a waste of good testosterone

  98. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up Like Adobo/Sazon/SOFRITO Says:

    yo D_Block what you think about the Hov/Drake joint?
    ^
    Like i told Cici, i don’t particularly care for it. He put out the street record, then the R&B joint with the conscious hook and now the commercial joint, niggas know the drill. But no thanks I’ll pass.

    Butttt, given the right setting and set of speakers that assessment is subject to change, stay tuned.

  99. RIGZ Says:

    yeah, after listening twice, the new Jay is aight…just aight

    but it will grab all the people he may have shunned away with DOA, but then again, I thought Run This Town already did that lol

    maybe he wants to convince the youngers that he’s still “Young!”, who knows

    song seems political though. Jay is a politician lol. Obama-esque

  100. Chief Ali aKa Stop the Bitchassness Says:

    None of the new Jay shit is really worth all the excitement

    American Gangster might just be homie’s last good album

  101. V.I Says:

    Seriously tho, Run This Town is pretty fucking epic.

    ^^^^^^^

    its shit pure shit get soooo boring and repetitive fucking shiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    its for teeny boppers basically.

  102. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    Chief Ali aKa Stop the Bitchassness Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:29 am
    None of the new Jay shit is really worth all the excitement

    American Gangster might just be homie’s last good album

    ^^^^

    Jay got the number 3 single in the country and ninjas still want to give hova advice……

  103. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    RIGZ Says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:25 am
    yeah, after listening twice, the new Jay is aight…just aight

    but it will grab all the people he may have shunned away with DOA, but then again, I thought Run This Town already did that lol

    maybe he wants to convince the youngers that he’s still “Young!”, who knows

    song seems political though. Jay is a politician lol. Obama-esque

    ^^^

    They only know what the single is, and singled that out
    to be the meaning of what he is about
    And bein I’m about my business, not minglin much
    runnin my mouth, that shit kept lingerin
    But no dummy, that’s the shit I’m sprinklin
    The album width to keep the registers ringin
    In real life, I’m much more distinguished
    I’m like a bloke from London, England

  104. jeffro Says:

    Enough with the TAG body spray ads…no one cares

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