Jr. Gong & Nas Go From Hope Road To Trenchtown To The Promised Land

Since we find ourselves in that powerful week between Dennis Brown and Bob Marley’s birthdays, it seemed only right to take it back to the Rock. Shout to the homie B+ of Mochilla fame, who put together this tasty Jamaica travelogue for HipHopDX. In case you missed it, here’s the full rewind:

PART ONE: HOPE ROAD
“Hope Road is the first film and is the story of that first night. I remember before I even had a chance to set the camera up right Nas was like “Yo, yo film this… “ and launched into the whole speech he gives here about “Smokin’ Cubans on the steps of Bob Marley…” from there on I knew I had to keep the camera up and ready to go. Please wait for the little surprise after the credits… Dawn on Hope Road.”

PART TWO: DUB PLATES AT TUFF GONG
“Dubplates at Tuff Gong, is Part Two. On the third night Damian and Stephen Marley went to work over a new Stephen song called ‘Jah Army.’ The song is pure heat. Dubplates are the stock and trade of the Jamaican musician. Tuff Gong itself is a place filled with so much history as Stephen explains to Nas at the beginning – even Bunny Wailer made an surprise appearance.”

PART THREE: TRENCHTOWN ROCK
“Trenchtown Rock is the day of the video shoot. Kassa and his crew were in full effect by the time I got there. To shoot with Nas in Trenchtown is a special thing. We got a tour of the house where Bob learned to play guitar, the kitchen where Ziggy was conceived – barely as big as a closet. And then there was the faces and people, such a strong spirit. It is really no shock in the end that so many incredible musicians came from Trenchtown.”