Nas and Damian Marley’s “Patience” (video)


I’ve received numerous e-mails regarding this video of Distant Relatives, a group formed by rapper Nas and reggae singer Damian Marley. I think it is a great song about the clash of ancient knowledge with modern science.


(Verse 1 Damian Marley)
Some of the smartest dummies
Can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies
An’ a fly go a moon
And can’t find food for the starving tummies
Pay no mind to the youths
Cause it’s not like the future depends on it
But save the animals in the zoo
Cause the chimpanzee dem a make big money
This is how the media pillages
On the TV the picture is
Savages in villages
And the scientist still can’t explain the pyramids, huh
Evangelists making a living on the videos of ribs of the little kids
Stereotyping the image of the images
And this is what the image is
You buy a khaki pants
And all of a sudden you say a Indiana Jones
An’ a thief out gold and thief out the scrolls and even the buried bones
Some of the worst paparazzis I’ve ever seen and I ever known
Put the worst on display so the world can see
And that’s all they will ever show
So the ones in the west
Will never move east
And feel like they could be at home
Dem get tricked by the beast
But a where dem ago flee when the monster is fully grown?
Solomonic linage whe dem still can’t defeat and them coulda never clone
My spiritual DNA that print in my soul and I will forever Own Lord 

(Verse 2 Damian Marley)
Huh, we born not knowing, are we born knowing all?
We growing wiser, are we just growing tall?
Can you read thoughts? can you read palms?
Huh, can you predict the future? can you see storms, coming?
The Earth was flat if you went too far you would fall off
Now the Earth is round if the shape change again everybody woulda start laugh
The average man can’t prove of most of the things that he chooses to speak of
And still won’t research and find out the root of the truth that you seek of
Scholars teach in Universities and claim that they’re smart and cunning
Tell them find a cure when we sneeze and that’s when their nose start running
And the rich get stitched up, when we get cut
Man a heal dem broken bones in the bush with the wed mud
Can you read signs? can you read stars?
Can you make peace? can you fight war?
Can you milk cows, even though you drive cars? huh
Can you survive, Against All Odds, Now? 

(Verse 3 Nas)
Who wrote the Bible? Who wrote the Qur’an?
And was it a lightning storm
That gave birth to the earth
And then dinosaurs were born? damn
Who made up words? who made up numbers?
And what kind of spell is mankind under?
Everything on the planet we preserve and can it
Microwaved it and try it
No matter what we’ll survive it
What’s hu? what’s man? what’s human?
Anything along the land we consuming
Eatin’, deletin’, ruin
Trying to get paper
Gotta have land, gotta have acres
So I can sit back like Jack Nicholson
Watch niggas play the game like the lakers
In a world full of 52 fakers
Gypsies, seances, mystical prayers
You superstitious? throw salt over your shoulders
Make a wish for the day cuz
Like somebody got a doll of me
Stickin’ needles in my arteries
But I can’t feel it
Sometimes it’s like ‘pardon me, but I got a real big spirit’
I’m fearless…. I’m fearless
Don’t you try and grab hold of my soul
It’s like a military soldier since seven years old
I held real dead bodies in my arms
Felt their body turn cold, oh
Why we born in the first place
If this is how we gotta go?

Regarding the symbolism of the video: yes, there are pyramids and pillars but I do not believe they are “Illuminati symbols” – symbols representing the world elite or its agenda. The video is much more inspired by Nubia, an ancient African civilization which was once located in lower Egypt. Various pharaohs of Nubian origin are held by some Egyptologists to have played an important part in different eras of Egyptian history and culture. For this reason, many rappers have associated themselves with this great civilization as it represents a Golden Age in Black history.

Nubian pyramids

Although I believe it is important to be aware and informed of Illuminati symbolism in popular culture, I also believe in the importance of using judgment and discernment when analyzing it. To believe that everything related to Egypt and ancient civilizations is “Illuminati” is a big step in the wrong direction. To properly analyze a product, one must look at the tone, the context and, most importantly, the overall message. Is the message in line with the elite’s agenda? Does the song promote vain materialism, mindless conformity, dehumanization and oppression?  Or the exact opposite?

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173 Comments on "Nas and Damian Marley’s “Patience” (video)"

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I'm so happy to see people using discernment and judgment on this web site. Kemetic symbolism are NOT wicked. It is important to understand that all human beings are African because Africa is where humanity originated. Over a period of migration and through genetic evolution we now have multiple races of people. Brown people from where it's hot, white people from where it's cold. Even as a child I could understand this. Because white ( Europeans) were removed from this ancient culture they looked to it's symbolism as a mystery and used them for themselves. That's why the Jews worship the six point star. Before it was ever a "Star of David" it was the Shiva Shakti yantra. Same with the pyramids and other symbology. Don't be so gullible just because Europeans say something means this as to believe that was its original meaning. The European race is a new… Read more »


I think Egypt, Israel, Persia and Ethiopia are brethren. I believe it was the Ethiopians/Nubians that built the pyramids.

That's just what I have seen asserted in some articles. Seems credible given the history of each nation.

oh ok, just scrolled thru the comments and sum1 else did notice how similar this vid is to kanye's power vid, thumbs up to that person

does anyone else see similarities with this vid and kanye west's power vid? the whole egyptian thing? or is it just me?

Come on Vigilant how can you not see the similarity of this video to Kanye West's Power? It starts with Damian in between two similar half masks and two similar women who look like they are bowing to him on either side as if representing two pillars- he is seated on a throne like a king with a red cape gown. Again appears a gateway to clouds with a man and a woman different but same attire with two similar lion statues. Nas then appears in a gateway with a crown seated on a throne with a lion in front of him and we all know that lion is king. Damian appears again on the desert with two pillars with birds on top and a woman kneeling beside him towards the background,come on! Nas then appears again on the throne with two pillars behind him and two similar women facing… Read more »
thanks for the confirmation. the feeling i initially got from the video was of good energy and if you analyze the lyrics and compare it to what’s happened throughout real history you can tell what direction the artists are coming from. I was curious, nonetheless, because it was directed by Nabil and he’s directed a couple Kanye vids (Coldest Winter) which contains scenes oddly similar to the short film “the coven”…so you can see where I’m going here. The director mentioned in a recent article: ‘ “The clip is based on the end of his “Coldest Winter” video, “when the girl is running on the cliff.” Elderkin says he wanted a feel that was “ancient times meets Apocalypto.” ‘ >>>>>VC, it would be helpful if you could analyze Kanye’s film “Runaway”. Not only are his lyrics to “Dark Fantasy” blatantly vc-worthy but the movie contains loads of symbolism throughout that… Read more »

Would just like to note that ancient Egypt IS black history just like ancient Nubia since the Egyptians were black. I care not what the Arab Egyptologists have to say. That is all…

Lmao. It's amazing to me that this article was put up because of people asking you to write about it, thinking that it PROMOTES some kind of Illuminati agenda. Are people really that stupid and undiscerning with this NWO/Illuminati information that they see a pyramid and automatically associate it with something nefarious now? I almost miss the days when the public was generally uninformed on this kind of s**t and it was a fringe area of research. Now every moron with access to a computer thinks they're f****n Bill Cooper. Wise up, shitheads.

You have gotten wiser with discernment.

Everything Black is not Bad. Everything White is not Good!

This album I love it.

It's one of the few positive sounds out now.

I play it everyday, everything about it is positive and constructive and I bet it wont receivemajor exhibition as the media in controlled by the dark side.

Thing is no matter how hard they try, there will always be a light from somewhere somehow.

God bless

This album I love it.

It's one of the few positive sounds out now.

I play it everyday, everything about it is positive and constructive and I bet it wont receive MAJOR exhibition as the media in controlled by the dark side.

Thing is no matter how hard they try, there will ALWAYS be a light from somewhere somehow.

God bless

i hope they play this song on the radio…but they prob wont… its too real!

who cares if nas is w.e he is, the lyrics speak for themselves

Finaly an article of MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ARTIST: NAS. I have been a Nas fan ever since Iheard him on Live at the Barbeque. I KNEW NAS was going to be HUGE talent wise because his rhyme and flow was ILLMATIC! (Even back then Nasir Jones was phenominal!) Now I have to tell ya'll the truth. Nas did take the oath, just like Pac, and felt remorse for what he did. If you ever compared Pac and Nas, both were EXTREMELY INFLUENTIAL on their respected coast. Im not a big Pac fan(no pun intended) but Pac always had that EMOTION in his delivery to MAKE the listener pay attention to his rhymes. Nas always had the best word play and ill visuals in his rhymes, NO ONE. Not even Rakim or any emcee Nas grew up listening to or J-Cole, Lupe Fiasco, or Jay Electronica is TOUCHIN' NAS! RHYME… Read more »
I just came back to finish my comment on Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives. That has to be the best hip hop album of the year. Production was tight D.M. ripped it and Nas went in especially on Dispear/Dispeare ans Africa Must Wake Up. Yes Nas was introduced to mystical concepts and knows about elite secret societies, but he also knows that they have too much money and power: spiritual and material( if you notice all his songs deal with spirituality and/ or sex, because only Man, as in human kind, can generate that drive and force and channel it for good or evil). He's been trying to educate people for a while now. Yes he has been CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE AT TIMES( Man's biggest battle is with himself, will he follow GOD or his own desires and ultimately Satan, whether he realize it or not). I… Read more »

Thank you VC i heard this song in a taxi and when I tried to look for it I was not able to find it. This song is telling us the fault of our ways our materalistic lust. When these objects are taken from us will we be able to survive? I don't know the answer but I won't stop looking for truth and knowledge and will continue to share it with friends and family.

Nas = a genius everything you try to accuse him of he has purposely done to open eyes and let people realize how they are controlled… yes he has referred to himself as god's son….but we are all children of god if you believe in a god..and if you want to go into that side of nas as an artist most all of that was purposely planned to show how the illuminati uses religion as a tool to control the masses. he is one of, if not the, most intelligent artists in hip hop and music in general. as earlier stated listen to his "untitled" album released in 2008 and you will see what the man is all about.. as for his connection with Jay-z after nas released the album i just mentioned Jay-Z distanced himself away from Nas out of fear of being blackballed or catching slack for going… Read more »

What does the chorus say? Sorry if this question has been asked before. Thanks.

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye

Ni kêra môgô

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni

Ni kêra môgô

supposedly it means this

Sabali sabali sabali yonkontê – patience, patience is worth everything

Sabali sabali sabali Kayi – patince, patience is good

ni kêra môgô – when you love someone.

Great song and video.

So, my friend wanted to listen to my iPod with me the other day… oh the disappointment when she realised it was filled with songs of a more deep, meaningful nature with subject matter that was actually important. Needless to say, she didn't really enjoy the majority of songs on there, however I don't really care. I'd take listening to this sort of music over any of that Rihanna, Drake, Lil' Wayne garbage any day.

thats right!! alot of people cannot even beegin to think about the deeper meaning of music.. its kind of annoying isn't it?? to see your friend so ignorant and dumbed down…. but theyre still your friend.. gota love em

Nas & Damien Marley …..are here to inform us ….take heed

listen to their album….as well as all of their music……be informed

Well, I was always suspicious about Nas, but I will look now only at this work, and not his past works, when I say: this video/lyrics is truly thought provoking, it does want you to think, it promotes thinking for yourself (remembering Rihanna's "I just wanna dance, I don't really care" – it promotes that it is cool not to think). I don't know, maybe Marley is saving Nas' soul:-)

Of course the message is uplifting and touches many important subjects, and tells: don't get dumbed down. The imagery is very deep and brilliant – much to see, much to think of. I just wonder that this video could happen.

Don't be a player among the soothersayers.

Learn how to think and not "what to think".

The video speaks truth. Got hair raising feeling. Brrr.

honestly, reading some of these comments VC should just quit and give this up. Ignorance is bliss and the ignorant be damned if they would open their eyes. Discernment is key people, discernment as well as consistency. Nas and DM are nowhere near the type of popular, cookie cutter artists the illuminati are so fond of. This vigilant citizen crap is so much more than who is and who isnt, its about awareness people. You know how VC knows about this symbolism and imagery crap? because he decided to pick up a book first. Do your own research, make your own INFORMED decision when YOU have gathered enough facts to make said decision. Stop falsely regurgitating VC articles as "I heard any videos with a pyramid mean the artist is in the illuminati" VC never said that and you people cant even give a definition of what the illuminati is… Read more »

Thank you!


This entire album was amazing. There are many other songs on it worthy of examination, but this was a good pick. Nice article. As for your question, I think it encourages people to think freely and not just blindly accept the teachings of the elite – or of the masses, for that matter.

YES !! This is a beautifully shot and edited video with a positive spiritual message. Thank you VC for pointing out that we shouldn't be confused by the elite adopting symbols from ancient Egypt or any other great civilization for their own purposes. I inherited a fascination with Egyptian culture from my mother and it has been disheartening to see people who are slowing coming into knowledge associate it only with evil. It's also heartbreaking to see news reports of looters in the Egyptian riots breaking into museums and destroying priceless artifacts from thousands of years ago all in the search for gold or other treasure. It's because this was such a powerful and knowledgeable society that the elite use these symbols in the first place. Seeing the pyramids and the rest of Egypt is definitely on my bucket list and it should be everyone else's as well.

on youtube it says the official video for this song contains UMG content and isnt allowed in my country… and i live in the U.S.

Also, Nas begin his journey out of the biz on Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock – The Road to Zion – watch the video and you will understand Nas story now

I'm just so happy to hear a song thats not about SEX, DRUGS, MONEY, or utter MINDLESSNESS. Did notice they used the same style (producer/artist) as was used in the Kanye West "Power" video (I think T-Layme used him too). Thank you, VC, for making a valid point about the Nubian civilization. Some one is bound to be confused in a situation surrounded by people that are proud of their ancient heritage (because they know it..)

VC, you've truly earned my respect with this post. Not only do you bring awareness to the masses, but you also bring nuances to help people keep their heads straight. Instead of pushing people towards a mindless witch-hunt, like other "pop-conspiracy" sites (they plagiarize you btw), you encourage people to be wise and to use their judgment. That is, my friend, the mark of a genuine truth seeker.

Anyone who thinks Nas has anything to do with the occult is dead wrong.Hands down the best hip-hop artist ever,even better than 2-pac or biggie.I have all his albums and he certainly is no sell-out.Also he and Gay-z(Nas gave him the name)are hardly friends and just reconciled after the beef ended in 2006,hence the pictures together at that time(shows,award shows and songs).Nas also said that its just strictly business.Damien Marley is really self-explanory.Please learn the history of the artist before linking him/them with something so sinister.

Yes, finally some sincere educated Hip Hop fans. Mind you, I'm not a Nas apologist, I'm well critical of his work. If you really know you're hip hop history, you would know that Nas was that "quiet smart kid", look at his Illmatic days, his video presence wasn't as ostentatious as in "His Hate Me Now" and "Street Dreams" video. As many would know, around 1996, that's when the 'Mafioso' theme was popular in Hip Hop music. When he got big, the fame got to Nas, as seen with some of his releases in "It was Written" and the complete turn around in "I Am" and "Nastradamus". Jay-Z uses his "conscious"/underground/lyricist image and his "big willie"/materialist pimp image against him when he dissed him in 'Takeover' and 'Superugly'. Now honestly, who wouldn't be gassed up when the money starts piling in and the yes men and groupies start showing up,… Read more »

Nas better than 2pac?!!? man, and you said that with ease.. theres only two conclusions for this one, hes either 'as good' as nas, or better.. i personally think he was better , theres no way nas was better than pac..

I'm very well aware of the beef between Nas and Jay (Ether) If you knew your history about Hip Hop, you would know that public Hip Hop beef is mainly for recognition. They have since squashed their "beef" and have joined forces.

The beef was hardly for recognition as Jay-z,Nas and DMX where some of the biggest artists of the time(2001) Ether didnt start the beef as there where already problems when Nas refused to show up in the hot 97 studio to do a song with jay.(this was for Jay-z's first album reasonable doubt in 1996) Jay-z wasnt exactly pleased and took a jab at Nas in one of his songs after latter said there wasnt any competition anymore after biggie died.And please tell me where you saw Nas with Jay-z after 2006/2007. This wasnt any wannabe beef that you see nowadays.Although i agree some are done for recognition,not this one.Check it on wiki if you care to know more.

@Nicole, Nas and Jay pretty much parted ways some years ago and I wouldnt be surprised if it had something to do with this illuminati biz stuff. Nas has constantly pushed for education, knowledge and self-respect in his tracks. I wonder why some people seem eager to demonize every successful artist. Yes, there are "illuminati puppets", but some artists actually have integrity. Your conclusions seem to be based on these crappy youtube videos which display random photos of artists with omnious music in the background. Newflash: any jerk with Windows Movie Maker can make one of those videos. Push your research further than amateur youtube videos and look at the entire work of an artists before demonize them.

Black Zombies –

He even admits he's a columbia records slave.


I dont think this song was about black culture being "white washed" at all.. if you actually read the lyrics provided in this same page, you'll see that they're talking about the hypocrisies of humans, about our mindless consumerism and about whats going on in the world.

That's what I got from the song at least.

This video was financed by nas and damian. The label didnt pay for this video and some of the proceeds of the album went to africa. This album was an example of what the elite do not want. Its when the tools are used against them. If any of you had did the research you would have learned that america did not promote this album and universal made them change the whole album and get rid of songs and tone the album down content wise before its international release If you are even familiar with nas discography then it would be laughable to even presume he is anything but a “thug poet”. Even his business ventures are funded with minority stake. His team is arabic black jewish hispanic etc. Nas always promoted unification so of course the label can use this to promote its own agendas. He is a man… Read more »

what does 52 fakers mean in this song

Real rap genius, its just awesome.

Great overview and analysis! It has been very interesting reading through all of the commentary here with many great points raised.

the only thing i believe is that damian marley isnt in the group because his music have always talked about jesus (christ). he says count your blessings. "for the babies"- he talks aboutabortions and how it is bad and how its wrong for people to even go through the motions of having sex and aborting the baby. another thing he believes in God he dont believe he came from some monkey he even has a song about it.

Nas- mmmm i dont know. when he raps he always on two sides christian and than another side.

Damian-always been on one side never heard him sing/rap that made me wonder what he stands for.

I'm a little skeptical about trusting NAS' work, I have to see/hear more. I used to be a fan of his until I started noticing symbolism in his videos (don't get me wrong, I understand that he may have been a puppet at the time) – the last thing I saw was the masonic handshake with Jay – Z after their "beef" was over. I guess I have to hear a little more of him before I'm convinced that he's actually speaking out and not just giving us more of the same – bait and switch.

Um, can someone please tell me whats on Nas' chain? Just wondering i can't tell.


i dare someone to say music "DOSENT" effect "us " as a people, i mean think about it…..SATAN was in charge of all music in heaven before he was cast down!!!!so why be suprized that hes being very effective in music now a days??? this trend of saleing your soul isnt new!!! even back in the days back in delta mississippi when the blues man would go down to the crossroads and play and make a bargon with the devil!! for fotrunte and fame,

what dose a man really profit for selling his sould for fortune and fame?? Illuminati may be rich and have power, but God Jesus Christ have ALL power , the ALPHA AND OMEG!!!

peace <3

so many of yall are derailing the truth movement…

u must realize that they(nas & damian) are enlightening us with ancient wisdom and magic

be willing to accept new information as well as being ready to sacrifice old ideas no matter

how strong u thought of them…..

the answers are waiting for us ……

Having read the various comments and seen the video and put that into context of Nas' discography it pains me to say it but VC may be unwillingly spreading a bit of disinformation here. Like Lupe Fiasco Nas is signed to a major record label – as VC has pointed out many a time the big 4 are always using the talent of artists (I only refer to Hip Hop and Rap here) to spread their sick message of dehumanisation/godlessness/conformity to the "impressionable" masses; we end up in a state of idol worship and some of the comments on here reflect that – suddenly Nas is infallible. Don't get me wrong Nas is a very talented MC – however his wearing the crown symbolism surrounded by his minions is nothing more than Godlessness and Phaoronic – its the old illuminati adage "You are your own God". Unfortunately the record executive… Read more »

Nas going against the illuminati??

He has symbols of Egyptian Gods/Symbols throughout his albums

He was Christian then Muslim then Christian again

Some views a similar to black extremists, NOI………..

He friends with Jay Z, Rick Ross ect…….. even after Jay slept with his ex wife and now he’s pissed with him??

He pretended to be Jesus in “hate me now” video and others??

I can’t believe how many people on here with protect there favourite idol lol

@stimatic "Nas going against the illuminati??" – The article did not state this, its just saying that this particular video is not illuminati agenda "He has symbols of Egyptian Gods/Symbols throughout his albums" – Egyptian does not automatically equal illuminati. That it just ridiculous. "He was Christian then Muslim then Christian again" – With all due respect, someone's faith is not something you have the right to judge. Analyzing Illuminati symbolism does not equal the doing the Spanish Inquisition. "Some views a similar to black extremists, NOI"……….. – Huh? What does this have to do with Illuminati symbolism in a video? "He friends with Jay Z, Rick Ross ect…….. even after Jay slept with his ex wife and now he’s pissed with him?? " – Resorting to hearsay, rumors and gossip is not a valid argument. "He pretended to be Jesus in “hate me now” video and others??" – Yes… Read more »

Confusion!!!! Thats all it is, confusion and more confusion for the masses lol

First rule of covert hypnosis. Cause confusion.

now these lyrics r powerful!hey i wantd to knw is bruno mars a pupet of iluminati?also i dont get it. do they sel their souls knowing they r doin smthn so evil or r they so dumb they dont knw wat they r being made to do?n do they take parts in those rituals n if rihana etc r abused hw com thay r so normal in public?

Reverse psychology? haha

The saddest thing of all, these artists that are trying to get the message out against "them", are never very popular. This is such a great song with well written and clever lyrics, yet artists like Katy Perry are plastered everywhere (radio, tv, internet, etc.) Why is she so accomplished? She can't dance at all, she doesn't write her own music or lyrics, and she's an average singer at best. This song has been out for quite a while but I can wage that most people who read this site didn't know about this song before they read it here. I'm one of them.

If stuff like this doesn't make people stand up and at least ask questions, it will only get worse.

Pray to God. That's our only way of being saved from this.

I recognizes the African portion of the song. It's from some West African duo, I can't remember who theyw ere though.

amazing video and lyrics!

These are the accurate lyrics including what the african singers sang [Nas Talking – Intro] Here we are here we are Yeah This one right here is for the people [Hook] (Sample -MAMADOU & MARIAM, “SABALI”) Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye Ni kêra môgô Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni Ni kêra môgô [Nas Talking] Ay yo D. Lets go all the way on this one. [Damian Marley – Verse 1] Some of the smartest dummies Can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies An’ a fly go a moon And can’t find food for the starving tummies Pay no mind to the youths Cause it’s not like the future depends on it But save the animals in the zoo Cause the chimpanzee dem a make big money This is how the media pillages On the TV the picture is Savages in villages And the scientist… Read more »

Ha there we go!! YOu found them for me! Thank you!!

i am so confused from conspiracy articles did aliens create us or is god phenomenal aint no tellin whats the truth i'll just beleive my mamma though life is a leap of faith so i scream toronamo flow nice but the message is the main focus how am i supposed to beleive when i dont know s**t are these religions religous or are the culprits are the really the answer or are they all prikks good and evil exist but where did it originate my energy require both the compliments and the hate why do these people judge artists off the songs they make oh they aint judgin just never got nothing nice to say if death brings me truth then my life is the longest wait if lifes a gamble can someone please explain the stakes why should i chase my dreams when im wide awake this worlds fake… Read more »

VC should do an article on the Great Year and how many sites tie into this ancient knowledge. Perhaps that would open the eyes of some of our Christians to a different interpretation of the Good Book.

hmm.. good book, and great year.. what exactly are you talking about slickback?? just curious

The great year pertains to the cycle of the sun and is a good explanation of certain things. There is information on it in the companion site (knowledge files) if you know where to look.