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Giving audience members a sneak preview of their upcoming album together, “Distant Relatives” Nas and Damian Marley perform together during SXSW 2010 on Mar.17 in Austin, TX.

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Dates: Through Aug.

Support: Nneka

Ticket prices: $35-$40.50 (Purchase tickets here)

Buzz about a possible collaboration album between rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has been stirring since the two first paired on the track "Road to Zion" from Marley's 2005 album "Welcome to Jamrock." After working on it for about a year-and-a-half, the duo's new set, "Distant Relatives," will be released May 18. Last year, fans got a taste of Nas and Marley performing together on a handful of Rock the Bells dates, but this will be their first full-length outing together.

Outlook: It's not ideal that "Distant Relatives" arrives four days before the pair begins its tour May 21 at the Community Center in Arcata, Calif. In a perfect world, fans would have more time to familiarize themselves with the album before deciding whether to buy tickets. But these two established artists should deliver energetic live sets with the help of Marley's backing band and DJ Lantern.

Video below: Nas and Damian Marley performing at SXSW 2010 in March.

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