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Directed by One9

United States 2014 74 mins.

Multimedia artist One9’s follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic, one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that captured the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit and collective angst of a generation of young artists searching for their voice in America. Tracing Nas’ influences from the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in his native Queens- bridge, Time is Illmatic describes the almost insurmountable obstacles overcome in a personal journey from young street poet to a visionary MC. “Brisk, stylish and extremely heartfelt.” —Variety.