Nas’ Illmatic has inspired a documentary, Time Is Illmatic, a film set to be premiered April 16 at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, according to reports.  

“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” Nas said in a press release, according to MissInfo. It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.” 

The film’s official website discusses the documentary, as reported February 2. 

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation,” the film’s official website says. “Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a Hip Hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young Black men searching for their voice in America.” 

To read more about the film and its filmmakers, click here

The documentary is set to be released on the same year as illmaticXX, the 20-year anniversary edition of Nas’ 1994 album, Illmatic. To read more about illmaticXX, click here

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