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Nas and Damian Marley are respectively responsible for songs like "Halftime" and "Welcome to Jamrock", so it's not like they don't know how to make good music. And when they linked up for Marley's track "Road to Zion", they found a nice balance between two seriously disparate styles. But the news that they were working on a collaborative full-length still brought nearly as much skepticism as excitement. After all, both of these guys can tend toward overbearing self-righteousness, and there's always a danger that they'll encourage each other's worst impulses.
But "As We Enter" goes a long way toward dispelling those fears. No pompous indulgence, the track is a brisk little workout, with Nas and Marley kicking unforced slick talk, bouncing the flow back and forth between each other in that old Run-D.M.C. tag-team style. It should be awkward, Marley's roaring patois clanging against Nas' smooth monotone. But the two fall