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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 n----s 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?
Damn.

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.

Nas and Damian Marley's "Patience" (video)
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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Tammy

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…

Nick1

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 race of humanity (they don't know). Just like an entire book The Bible takes place in Africa but everyone's white. DON'T BELIEVE IT! Listen to Ashra Kwesi

Gretchen

Hey!

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.

hazel

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

hazel

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

Umph

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 against one another, the a gateway appears with him in it and a light around his hands as he then points to the small people beneath him like a king would. Again he is on a throne with two similar women now they are facing each other and a wild… Read more »

tlyn

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 VC would have a field day with! <<<<<< anyway I HOPE YOU DO GET THE CHANCE..IT WOULD BE A GREAT READ because you research is done so well!

KUDOS to you & the VC community

Kill Yaself

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.

KAT

You have gotten wiser with discernment.

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

AfricanKing

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

AfricanKing

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

chritz

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

love knoxxz

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 FOR RHYME, CONCEPT FOR CONCEPT SONG, ANY TOPIC FROM STREET MAFIOSO SONGS TO SOCIAL POLITICAL SONGS NAS KILLS IT. And that goes for Jay-z. Now that I've shakin' my pom-poms for Nas, let me school ya'll on something. Nas, like a lot of smart observant, truth seeking brothers in the… Read more »

love knoxxz

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 pray Jesus opens Nasir Jones and other artist eyes and hearts to repentance. I think Nas has been using what he has gained from the occult knowledge he has learned and tried to use it for good,but you can't use Satan's tools for yourself and think it will accomplish any… Read more »

mars

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.

AnunnakI

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 against the grain and actually doing something for the people with his music, instead of just trying to put money in his pocket. Nas does not serve the eye on the back of our money. quite the contrary. and if you say him and Jay-Z are buddies realize this.. he… Read more »

Rese

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

Denise

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.

Kandy134

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.

BRAVO

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

The Rebel

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

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

kittypaw

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.

FLYNN

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.

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