TIME IS ILLMATIC Trailer for Nas Documentary


Time Is Illmatic, the One9-directed Nas‘ documentary is slated to open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The doc aims to shed some light on Nas‘ debut LP “Illmatic,” as well as its impact and influences.

So as you probably know this year marks the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s seminal hip-hop album which propelled his name to stardom and the retrospectives are pouring in.

The man born Nasir Jones says,

When I made ‘Illmatic’, I was trying to make the perfect album. I was trying to make you experience my life. I wanted you to look at hip-hop differently. I wanted you to feel that hip-hop was changing and becoming something more real.

Following film’s premiere, the Queens rapper will also be performing a live concert featuring every song from the classic album.

Watch the trailer below.


Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, Time Is Illmatic traces Nas’s influences (including the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara) and describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his hip-hop opus. Supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program, the documentary provides an authentic and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC, a transformation made possible in large part by the support of his family and community.