The Tribeca Film Festival has revealed that the world
premiere of doc “Time is Illmatic” will open the 2014 edition of the fest. It follows
the trajectory of rapper Nas’ 1994 debut album, “Illmatic”– considered one of
the most revolutionary albums in hip-hop history.
The premiere is set to take place on Wednesday, April 16. It
will be followed by a special musical performance where Nas will perform the album
from front to back.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film, which is
helmed by multimedia artist One9:
“Time Is Illmatic” traces Nas’s influences and the
insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from
hip-hop’s second golden era. The film tracks the musical legacy of the Jones
family — handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, the
support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, and the loyalty of his younger
brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic is
widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the sociopolitical
outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young men
searching for their voice in America.
Tribeca runs through April 27.