From the Wall Street Journal:
A new documentary about rapper Nas’s 1994 album “Illmatic” called “Time Is Illmatic” will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, festival organizers announced Wednesday.
The film is directed by multimedia artist One9 and written by Erik Parker, and its premiere marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’s debut. On the festival’s opening night, the screening will be followed by a live performance by Nas of the full “Illmatic” playlist.
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 statement. “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 documentary follows the rapper’s journey in creating the album “Illmatic,” and explores the influence of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, his brother Jabari “Jungle” Fred, and his neighborhood Queensbridge community.