Nas documentary on making of 'Illmatic' to open Tribeca Film Festival

By Daniel S Levine,

The 2014 Tribeca film Festival in New York will kick off with Time Is Illmatic, a documentary on the making of rapper Nas’ iconic debut album Illmatic.

Time Is Illmatic was directed by artist One9 and written by Erik Parker. The two also produced with Anthony Saleh. It digs into Nas’ influences, including his father, jazz musician Olu Dara. The film also looks at the obstacles Nas had to overcome just to make the album in 1994. It was sponsored by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program.

Illmatic is still widely regarded as one of the most influential hip hop albums ever produced. Sony Legacy is re-issuing the album on April 15 as Illmatic XY. The two-CD set will include the album remastered and a collection of remixes, demos and radio performances.

The film will be screened on April 16 at TIFF. Organizers will announce the festival’s full lineup in the first week of March.

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