The documentary on legendary rapper, Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album “Illmatic,” titled “Nas: Time Is Illmatic,” will expand its theatrical run to Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, DC, Detroit, Houston, Philly, Phoenix, and more cities this coming weekend, after last weekend’s limited opening.
Throughout October: Nas will also be touring with the film and performing following screenings throughout October. Go to nasirjones.com/events for more details on that.
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic” is also available on demand, iTunes, and other VOD providers.
Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album “Illmatic,” “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19. Featuring interviews with his “Illmatic” producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” is a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
The documentary is directed by multimedia artist, One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh. The film was supported by The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, and Hennessy V.S. to help bring Nas’ inspiring story of tireless pursuit of excellence to audiences nationwide.
Nas recently released a special 20th Anniversary edition of the album, titled “Illmatic XX.” Click here to download it now.
Trailer for the documentary is embedded below: