Although an album has yet to be dropped, theDistant Relatives known as Nas and Damian Marley are still trying to leave their impact outside of the music. Teaming with National Geographic and V-Tech, the duo will have a panel debate next month in Washington D.C. Paying homage to the art of Hip Hop, the discussion will explore the origins of the genre and reveal what type of impact it has had across the globe. The event is set to take place at National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium on December 12.
Of course a history lesson wouldn't be as effective without relevant teachers, as the two will be accompanied by legends in the game such as Rakim, DJ Kool Herc, DJ Red Alert, Jeff Chang and more. Clearly a momentous occasion, MTVs own Sway Calloway will serve as the moderator for the event, which will also be filmed for a future documentary.
Fans will be in store for a surprise following the event as there will be an after party, as well as, an open-mic show at the nightclub Zanzibar. Tickets for the panel discussion are quite limited and will run for about $25, but the fee will also serve as a ticket into the party following.
Those that are unable to dig deep into their pockets shouldn't be worried about missing the actual debate as it will be streamed live and broadcasted through National Geographic's Web site.
In terms of the album, Distant Relatives is set to drop sometime in 2010. Serving as a social commentary with content heavily revolving around Africa, features so far are rumored to include Young Jeezy, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Marley, Snoop Dogg and K'naan.
Source: Hip-Hop Wired