Nas: Time is Illmatic

  • 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.

Genres: Documentary, Music