'Distant Relatives' (2010)

Though Snoop Dogg recently changed his name to Snoop Lion and become a Rastafari, he isn't the first rapper to get in touch with Jamaican culture. Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley -- youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley -- released "Distant Relatives" in 2010. The album was mostly produced by Damian and his brother Stephen Marley and featured heavy use of live instruments. Nas' lyrics touched on the African diaspora and history of the continent.

( Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times )

Though Snoop Dogg recently changed his name to Snoop Lion and become a Rastafari, he isn't the first rapper to get in touch with Jamaican culture. Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley -- youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley -- released "Distant Relatives" in 2010. The album was mostly produced by Damian and his brother Stephen Marley and featured heavy use of live instruments. Nas' lyrics touched on the African diaspora and history of the continent.

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