This is a major coup for Nas. The documentary based on his 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” Time Is Illmatic, will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Nas will also perform as the festival opens its 13th annual edition, reports The Grio.
And Nas won’t do just one song–he will perform the album in full.
Directed by multimedia artist One9 and written by Erik Parker, “Time is Illmatic” looks at Nas’ background in the Queensbridge Projects, his musical family, as well as the creation of his debut CD, reports The New York Daily News.
“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” said Nas in a statement. “It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker. … Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me.”
“Illmatic” is considered one of the best albums in the history of hip-hop and includes such tracks as “Halftime” and “The World Is Yours,” which the Los Angeles Times says “lays bare issues of violence and poverty, often drawn from its artist’s native hardscrabble Queens, N.Y., neighborhood.” “Illmatic” was a grassroots CD that later became a commercial success as it went platinum seven years after its initial release. And just this week, the Village Voice crowned it the most New York album ever made.
For the past few years, Tribeca has opened is film festival with music docs. Last year it opened with Brooklyn indie band The National and the documentary Mistaken for Strangers. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 16 to 27. Tickets go on sale March 3.