Nas Time Is Illmatic

Nas’ ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on Apr. 16

Nas 'Time Is Illmatic' (2014)

Nas ‘Time Is Illmatic’ (2014)

On April 16th, New York City’s 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will open with Time Is Illmatic, a feature-length documentary chronicling the making of Nas‘ prolific 1994 debut album Illmatic, which turns 20 years old this year.

Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, Time Is Illmatic traces the rapper’s origins and influences, beginning with his jazz-musician father Olu Dara.

The film also explores the “social conditions and environmental influences” that affected the rapper by examining his relationships with his Queensbridge neighbors, younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret and mother Ann Jones.

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“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” Nas said. “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.”

Just a day before the film debut on April 15th, the Queens rapper will release Illmatic XX, the 20th Anniversary Edition of the original album Illmatic, which released April 19th in 1994.

The set will include a remastered version of Illmatic, an extra disc of demos, remixes, and unreleased records from that era of Nas’ career. He also announced his plans for a tour where he will perform the whole album on each stop.

The film screening will be followed by a performance from Nas, who will run through the entirety of the groundbreaking album from start to finish.

Time Is Illmatic will show on three TFF dates: April 16th, April 18th, and April 25th. Learn more, see the schedule details, buy tickets at, and enjoy the trailer for the film below.