Time Is Illmatic, a documentary looking at the iconic 1994 album from rapper Nas (pictured), is set to open the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, making it the second consecutive year a doc is kicking off the event.
Last year’s opening night film was Mistaken For Strangers, Tom Berninger’s profile of rock band The National.
The doc, which is receiving its world premiere in New York, traces Nas’s musical influences and the challenges faced in creating his debut album Illmatic. Directed by multimedia artist One9, the doc follows the Queens, New York native’s trajectory from street poet to internationally recognized MC, and examines the influence of Illmatic, which is regarded by some as one of hip hop’s seminal albums.
Time Is Illmatic was produced by One9, Erik Parker and Anthony Saleh. It was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Acess program.
Following the screening of the film, Nas will perform the album in its entirety at a special musical event. The festival runs from April 16-27.