(Win a pair of tickets to this show. Details @ the bottom)
Posted by Nathalie Weinstein
Two big talents, one small venue, one night only
Two of the biggest talents in hip-hop and reggae will appear at one of Portland's smaller venues this Friday
night as Nas and Damien "Junior Gong" Marley tear up the stage at the Roseland.
The only child born to the late Bob Marley and former Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare, Marley was propelled into the upper echelons of reggae fame with his 2005 album Welcome to Jamrock. He is the first, and only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy awards on the same night. Whether he's preaching the social change that his father worked for on the track ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Move!' or riffing on the one night stand on dance track ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“All Night', Marley impresses with his mix of reggae and toasting, a Jamaican music form that is a mix of talking and chanting over a beat, believed by many to have influenced the development of modern-day emceeing in hip hop music.
Marley recently collaborated with bad boy Nas on his newest album, Distant Relatives, which revolves around issues facing Africa such as poverty and social inequity, and samples African music. Proceeds from the album will go to charity projects in Africa, such as school construction.
This is likely to be your first opportunity to hear tracks from the new album before it hits record shelves next month. And if Nas and Damien Marley aren't enough to get you to come out and shake what-your-mama-gave-you, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 will be opening up the show. For tickets, visit www.doubletee.com.
Nas & Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley
Friday, July 31
8 N.W. Sixth Avenue
Win Tickets!: You can win a pair of tickets to this show through Pipeline. Just comment on this post with your favorite NAS or Marley lyrics. We are drawing a winner on Friday at noon. If you don;t have an email from us by Friday @ 2, you did not win.