Twenty years after the release of Nas‘ groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic’, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process.
Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Featuring interviews with his ‘Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), Nas: Time is Illmatic is a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
With guests: Mrs. Braconi, Fab 5 Freddy, Alicia Keys, Nas, Faith Newman, Q-Tips, Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, Roxanne Shante, Swizz Beatz and Wiz.
Running time: 74 minutes
Directed by One 9. Produced by Erik Parker.