At this point in the rap game, releasing videos for and touring on an album that’s been out for almost a year (Distant Relatives dropped last May) is the equivalent of not only kicking a dead horse, but pissing on said horse and then lighting it on fire. In other words, given that hit albums don’t even get this type of treatment, one might describe the continued promotion of this album as overkill.

However, I’d suggest that if an artist believes in the work that he has put out, then it’s only right for him to continue promoting the project beyond the typical lifecycle of an album in 2011. I’m sure we’ve all read this elsewhere before, but once rap fans shifted their emphasis to ‘first week numbers’, it’s been a wrap for reasonable expectations. It almost seems like a vicious cycle – if you don’t have a hit or the label backing to help you get those first week stats then attention shifts on to the next cat dropping an album. I imagine this happens in every genre, but more so in rap.

But enough about the numbers and shit. We try not to focus on that stuff around here. In Nas’ case, the cynic in me suspects that he continues to tour and promote this album for the following reasons:

  • Tour money good as hell.
  • The Marleys always have great weed. Cheap too. Maybe even free.
  • He’s lazy as fuck and doesn’t want to record new shit. Or maybe that’s the weed.
  • He’s prepping for ‘Belly 3’ via immersion and method acting.
I dunno. Whatever the case may be, Nah Mean was an immediate standout when I first got the album last year and I was a little confused that it wasn’t released as a single to try and elbow in on some song of the summer love. Then again, Nas’ discography is filled with songs that probably should have been singles but weren’t. But here we are almost a year later and we have a video for Nah Mean. Given that so many people seemed to lack awareness of the album in the first place, this move might actually be a good idea. At least it’s a cheap one. Jah knows they spent more on weed that day than they did on this video…
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Comments on: "Nas and Damian Marley: Nah Mean (Video)" (92)

  1. “Nah Mean was an immediate standout when I first got the album last year and I was a little confused that it wasn’t released as a single to try and elbow in on some song of the summer love.”

    ^^^^^

    Yeah, I was surprised this wasn’t the lead single. This and “Patience” were two of the album’s strongest songs.

  2. Precisely.

    With the right push, Nah Mean could have made some noise last summer, in a ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ kinda way…

  3. real nigga shit said:

    Nasir jones went from being from qb
    To repping hard for africa and never being there
    To being a yardie batty boi collabo in jamaica
    Wa gwan?

    Make up your mind nas

    First you are a materialistic mindless moron
    And now you militant movement

    At least jay humps camels in africa and brought water to drink

    Dmx in belly > godson across the belly

    I mean nas in the belly

  4. Jared Jeffries said:

    Yo…

  5. I really cant this album/partnership anymore

    Move on little homey

  6. stand*

  7. good album, good song, but I really hope eventually we see Nas’ next solo album.

  8. Didn’t nas say they were prepping DR2?

    Fock that..

    Who the fucks wanna hear that shit?

  9. Why was DR received so negatively? I thought it was a good album and was nice to see Nas take a different route musically.

  10. Why was DR received so negatively? I thought it was a good album and was nice to see Nas take a different route musically.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Shit was cool for what it was but aint nobody tryna hear the sequel. Nas needs to make some solo shit.

  11. mobbdeen said:

    If there’s a sequel, I’m there.

    Most of you clowns never even listened to it.

  12. It hurts my soul to say this, but I thought DR was trash.

    I had no desire to listen to it again..

  13. Nas could make “distant relatives 3” with Garth Brooks and deen would swear by that shit. lol

    There were a few tracks on DR that were aight, but overall the shit was just weak to me. No replay value

  14. I enjoyed the record but if it comes down to DR2 vs Nas’ solo shit then come on is that really a question.

    Kelis still deserves her very own Ether.

  15. Heroine Headliner said:

    smh…..cp was right…..tronny showin his tru colors…..an they white…..

  16. If my true colors be white..

    It’s from all this caine…

    *snorts rail*

  17. mobbdeen says:
    April 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    If there’s a sequel, I’m there.

    Most of you clowns never even listened to it.

    ^Co-sign heavy, heavy Co-sign.

    I still zone out to the album. Patience, Dispear, Strong Will Continue, Nah Mean, Africa Must Wake Up are tracks that get you to questioning your position.

    That CD still goes. And I hoping it is a sequel.

  18. Seriously tho.. How did DR sell?

    Couldnt have been more than 100k..

    Def jam wants to put out a sequel, but we can’t get LostTapes2??

  19. My brother was shitting on DR, saying he ain’t like it.

    I played it for him to make sure we were talking about the same shit….

    It took me a month to get my damn CD back. He can now quote the while thing.

  20. abortatron says:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    Seriously tho.. How did DR sell?

    Couldnt have been more than 100k..

    ^The first week, yeah.

    It went gold.

  21. gramMasta said:

    DR>>>>>>>>>>>

    look at the vids yo

    nas dont care about that westernized rap shit right now

    * salutes the squadron *

  22. If there’s a sequel, I’m there.

    Most of you clowns never even listened to it.
    ^^^^

    I did, and lets be honest, Nas coasted on DR like never before. Theres like 3 or 4 good songs on there at best.

    Wouldnt you rather him spend his studio time prepping a solo joint? I know I would.

    Then again, any semblence of a Nas album would do at this point…

  23. gramMasta said:

    beautiful day 2day

    nice warm weather

    and clear blue skies

    all you can see are the chemtrail streaks in the air

    layin on your front lawn smoking a blunt while the grill is going in the backyard>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  24. I had no idea distant relatives sold that well..

    But still, after hearing cats like rza & large professor saying they got nas joints in the vaults, I’d be much more hyped for lost tapes2..
    Not to mention “the scientist” produced by just..
    And I KNOW alc got a few songs with nas that nobody really heard..

    Just saying..

  25. gramMasta said:

    how i c it

    no stan shades either

    nas is gonna drop a lava boulder

    in the middle of the forest

  26. real nigga shit said:

    Nas is 37 38 years old

    No one is trying to listen to a 40 year old rapper

    They want roscoe dash bob wale wiz khalifa kid cudi big sean tyga j cole drake nicki minaj meek mill tyga

    Nas doesnt even have nicki minaj money or popularity

    Nicki went plat

    Nas went plat with.stillmatic in 2001

  27. gramMasta said:

    No one is trying to listen to a 40 year old rapper

    ^ so we gonna overlook hov right?

  28. gramMasta said:

    end of the day the game needs the ogs

    them niggas have vested publishing catalogs

    cut off all the rap niggas over 32 and tell me you would still listen to rap

    90% of the people in the game now are there because of their fandom of the og rap niggas/kizza

  29. No one is trying to listen to a 40 year old rapper

    They want roscoe dash bob wale wiz khalifa kid cudi big sean tyga j cole drake nicki minaj meek mill tyga

    ^
    age 25 and under ? yea.

    there’s still a market for 30+ hip-hop enthusiasts tho..

    #grownmanrap

  30. gramMasta said:

    there’s still a market for 30+ hip-hop enthusiasts tho..

    ^ this

    niggas stay sayin get money

    but cant even recognize the clientele

    then start crying when they dont accumulate dividends

    supposed to make music for EVERYONE

  31. #grownmanrap

    ^
    x_Troubleshooter1900___

    Penned:Abortatron 4/23/2011

  32. *waits for hoots to claim that he’s 19, white, and a trust fund kid who loves Drake*

  33. gramMasta said:

    so i aint even sweatin that “nas need to do this and that” rhetoric

    85% of the niggas talkin aint gonna cop the next album anyway

    no shots aimed at anybody in particular

    jus saying tho

    i do believe whatever he does, he’s gonna throw dirt-dirt in alotta niggas’ faces

  34. real nigga shit said:

    If you over 24 and still listening to rap

    You need to committ suicide or get jesus in your life

    I just cant see myself being 25 and listening to rap hip hop

    At that point i would of hope to have moved on

    Have a couple of kids
    A wife
    A mercedes benz mini van…man swag

    In my suits
    Playing golf
    Playing polo in polo
    Yacht functions
    country clubs
    Listening to kenny g and celine dion

    Not listening to rap

    Grow up immature idiotz

    Rap hip hop makez listeners think they can always be teenagers in high school

  35. so i aint even sweatin that “nas need to do this and that” rhetoric

    85% of the niggas talkin aint gonna cop the next album anyway

    no shots aimed at anybody in particular

    jus saying tho

    i do believe whatever he does, he’s gonna throw dirt-dirt in alotta niggas’ faces

    ^Remember: Nas- Carry On Tradition; Hip-Hop Is Dead-2005

  36. Listening to kenny g and celine dion

    ^
    ROFF

    lol/smh @ hoots using “z” instead of “s” to try to make his typestyle look young

  37. gramMasta said:

    real nigga shit said:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    If you over 24 and still listening to rap

    You need to committ suicide or get jesus in your life

    ^ this dude right here

    lmao/smdh

  38. real nigga shit said:

    Real talk
    word life
    Soulja boi pushing lambs and rarris and bentleys….nas gotta hit off kelis

    Soulja boi got more money than nas

    Lil b is more popular and has more of an influence than nas

    Nas is not a pretty bitch…no way…not…never

  39. gramMasta said:

    Troubleshooter1900 said:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    ^ gemtastic

  40. real nigga shit said:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    ^

    i keep re-reading this comment..

    hilarity

  41. real nigga shit said:

    I love nas that was 18 with the uzi in army jacket lining

    I fux with that nas
    Cb4 gusto

    But 40 year old nas with kelis problems

    Nas = gilbert arenas

  42. gramMasta said:

    but how he got kelis problems

    she aint under his arm no more

    mad nigaas pay cp

    nas travelin the planet dippin in exotic puss and chiefin els with 2nd post popular black family on the planet

    that dont look like problems to me no matter what way u spin it

  43. gramMasta said:

    * chiefin els with the 2nd most popular family

  44. gramMasta said:

    fuk them typos tho

  45. “alone in vegas” is really.. really dope.

  46. gramMasta said:

    * ties up john varvatos converse *

    * grabs burberry seersucker blazer *

    * flicks lint on rns *

    1200 technics family

  47. * ties up john varvatos converse *

    * grabs burberry seersucker blazer *

    ^if you had on 7 For All Mankind jeans with that outfit, and if your seersucker blazer was light blue and white, then we may ne the same person.

    This was my getup for today’s sunny weather in the chi.

  48. Johnny V. chucks and all.

  49. ole fancy ass mufuggas..

    i was in camo cargo shorts today and a black t with a pair of sneaks.

    and i felt like i was fresh to death

  50. What the fuck is a seersucker anyway?

    .. No really..

    Is that like a leech or an insect?

  51. real nigga shit said:

    Fuck seersucker
    i am a beer sucker
    I am who you fear fucker
    I ask ya babymama to “kneel sucker”
    My sex drive like a turn wheel trucker

    Seersucker linen madras plaid oxford cotton is all i am in in the spring summer

  52. real nigga shit said:

    Summertime

    No chucks vans or loafers or toms

    Strictly chancletas

    My toes is lil b, they pretty bitches

    I get compliments on my feet by females

    All you jordan wearing niggers in the summer

    Timbs in june julu august need to step ya game up

    Bosses dons ceos have their toe game impeccable

    Chancletas with chinos or jeans

    Or flat front seaman shorts

    To die for

  53. i wear nothing but smoking jackets..

    the finest crushed velvet and linen..

    next year, i might try and bring back the powdered wig..

    ben franklin swag..

    #allaboutthebenji’s

  54. Seersucker refers to a material worn by steers, queers and people who think the south will rise again…

  55. Heroine Headliner said:

    Fuck tha kkk

  56. i was gonna watch the vid but #noreshotsomebody and broke my concentration

  57. gramMasta said:

    Seersucker refers to a material worn by steers, queers and people who think the south will rise again…

    ^ laughs at these guys

    * salutes *

    if u dont know seersucker you dont know apparel

    @ ts

    levis yo

    always a sound investment

    vans>>>>>>

    * turns on vaporizer *

  58. Real Nigga Shit said:

    linen pants and linen shorts >>>

    preferably in a lilac lavender or pink or salmon color >>>

    wow..

    my slip on loafers be velvet velour though..

    soft on the toes..

  59. Real Nigga Shit said:

    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhIPkd26W45999hQ6K

    ^Tyga bodied this track

    niggas should give Tyga all of the Lex Luger, Drumma Boy, Zaytoven, Shawty Redd tracks beats

    LA nigga stay bodying Souf tracks

  60. WTF is a Tyga?

    Is that some sort of nigger/tiger hybrid? That seems racist and illegal.

  61. fuck yo easter eggs son!

  62. Real Nigga Shit said:

    I got niggas that will Blasphemy, No Religion

    Arson WANKER!!!

  63. Real Nigga Shit said:

    nasri sucks…badly today

    and theo walcott had no business playing

  64. mobbdeen said:

    Shitty end to the season.

    I hope we get some old heads in the squad next season…

  65. WTF is a Tyga?

    Is that some sort of nigger/tiger hybrid? That seems racist and illegal.

    ^
    *cannonball’s into a pool of razors*

  66. troubleshooter1900 said:

    Un-huh, yeah,
    here I go, yo,
    here I go yo,
    Check it:

    Yo mama don’t wear no drawls.
    I saw her when she took them off.
    She put them on the railroad tracks..
    That train came backing back..

    #TSscorcese GEMS.

  67. troubleshooter1900 said:

    yo mama don’t wear no drawls,
    I saw her when she took em off (I was there)
    she put them on the back-yard fence…
    That fence been leanin’ since.

    #TSpitGame GEMS

  68. gramMasta said:

    happy rodent egg day!

    happy astarte day!

    linen pants and linen shorts >>>

    preferably in a lilac lavender or pink or salmon color >>>

    ^ this nigga tho

    linen>>>>>>>>>>

    word is bond

    when i was 14 this track walker picked me

    used to peel me bread on the reg

    i know pimp-a-limp was backhanding her

    but she would scoop me up from school in the caddy el d

    peel me off presidents daily (that was his bread)

    waited 2 years so i could pipe it down

    bags were always waiting in the back seat with labels inside

    when niggas was thirsty over nike waffle tracks and pro keds i had ‘Lo & gucci and was wearing lacoste when it was izod

    no rns/fbm word is bond

    #reflectionSundays

  69. gramMasta said:

    AND she looked like stacey dash

    word is bond

    no need 2 lie

  70. gramMasta said:

    so errtime i see or hear stace’s name i think ’bout ol’ girl

    ive been blessed throughout my lifetime

    disclaimer if U need to

  71. real nigga shit said:

    damn thats the life..

    i’ve smashed a few prostitutes in my day…never paid for pussy though…thats not what pimps do..

    dated a skripper…took her to work and shit…got my bread….and made payments on the benz…with her make it rain money that got stuck on her thong..

    grammasta you the man b…

  72. Fuck linens and open toe shoes, fuck all that weirdo model boy shit. Straight white tees, Supras and Radii this summer.

  73. Jared Jeffries said:

    Fuck d’antoni

  74. gramMasta said:

    i aint the man

    just anotha nigga living

    the nigga hoots do be sprinklin diamond shards in SOME of them comments

    SOME of them

    1200 technics

    * vanishes *

  75. real nigga shit said:

    dantoni,…danjabroni….pringles has to go..

    he did the same shit with the suns…

    they had nash and stat…and marion….etc.

  76. Bricktop said:

    Bohemian grove.
    Google it.
    * daps my fellow republicans*

  77. fuck boy music said:

    “That white girl helped a nigga….Fergielicious“ – Fab

    Soul Tape is a classic….Freck Bodied that track..

    Fab is in the Rap Hall of Fame….Hip Hop Legend.

    Fab been doing it for 10 years strong. Consistent. Relevant.

    Fab > Fat Joe

  78. fuck boy music said:

    Fab taking notes from Rick Ross book….

    Fab sold drugs now? ROFFLE…

    Sold all that weight, but can’t fix that fucked up tooth.

  79. In no way, shape, or form is fab a legend.

  80. E aka trIlluminati said:

    cBc on Fab and Fat Joe being legends

  81. Fat Joe = Legend via affiliations, longetivity and hits.

    Fabolous = Immense talent never fully realized due to lame obssession with mirroring each and every move that the Camel makes…

  82. fuck boy music said:

    fab is what young chris and bleek could never be…

    jay = camel = goat = fab = legend

  83. fuck boy music said:

    I’m the only nigga that likes Fab…and that’s sad..

    Dude is very underrated….30 and already 10 years strong. Plat plaques, his worse went gold. God plenty of songs for the hoes, playa anthems, Ya baby mama sing to Fab tracks. He was Drake before Drake.

    Rap a sport….Fab = Aaron Rodgers
    Fab = Drew Brees

    Fab = carmeLo anthony
    Fab = L James

    Fab has outlived the Mase shit…

    He made being an RnB thug cool…when Ja rule was fucking that lane up…and Drake brought it to the mainstream…

    LL Cool J > Drake > Fab > Mase > Rule

    As for as the “Pretty Boy Rap” or “RnB rap thugs”

    Fab is too nice….he murks mixtapes…..everybody calls Jada the mixtape legend….Fab has dropped classic mixtapes…mixtapes of the year….not one dud on the mixtape scene…his albums are for the hoes and ladies…but he brings it on features and mixtapes…bodies niggas…

  84. JIHAD, U AINT GOT NO ETHER FA ME

    hulkshare.com/qqt8y0g5306b

  85. respect the jooks said:

    b you are worse than maino. you suck b.
    bitch.

  86. beezy ft. london bloke said:

    b is ass

  87. b, you’s a fool. Jihad’s got some splainin to do.
    fbm, the only thing keeping Fab from being a certified legend is a serious lack of mainstream hits. b/c with as long as he’s been relevant, the only songs Scotty in New Mexico will recognize is “I Can’t Deny It” and “Breathe”. maybe “Diamonds on my Damn Chain”. maybe. but i do agree with everything else you said about Fab.

  88. gramMasta said:

    b said:
    April 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    JIHAD, U AINT GOT NO ETHER FA ME

    hulkshare.com/qqt8y0g5306b

    ^ O_o

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