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God’s Son is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut in a major way.

Tribeca Film Fest To Open With Nas Documentary ‘Time is Illmatic’

Nas is going to be performing Illmatic in its entirety quite a few times this April, not the least of which is following a premiere of a documentary about his life and times, focusing on the making of his classic Hip Hop album. According to Variety:

Continuing a tradition of highlighting music docs, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of “Time is Illmatic,” a new documentary about the hip-hop musician Nas and his 1994 debut album, “Illmatic,” widely considered a groundbreaker…

Directed by multimedia artist One9 and penned by Erik Parker, “Time is Illmatic” traces the creation of “Illmatic” as well as Nas’ upbringing in Queens with a family that included his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. Pic was funded and supported in part by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access Program, one of the initiatives operated by the nonprofit loosely affiliated with the fest, as well as by the Ford Foundation. One9, Parker and Anthony Saleh produce.

“Time is Illmatic” will bow April 16 in an opening night screening that will be followed by a live performance by Nas of the entire “Illmatic” album. The title is first to be locked in for the 2014 edition of Tribeca, which this year runs through April 27.

Illmatic is turning 20? We’re feeling old! But what a good look. You know Hip Hop has come a long way when our artists are getting the same kind of shine as some of these rock legends.


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