If you're a Nas fan, you are about to be very jealous of the attendees of a certain spring film festival. Nas' Time is Illmatic will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The documentary follows the making of Nas' classic album Illmatic which will have its twentieth anniversary just three days after the premiere. Oh yeah, and Nas will perform the entire album in a concert following the screening. See, I told you you'd be jealous.
According to the film's website, it "tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father" and will also examine Nas' relationships with his mother and brother while living in the Queensbridge neighborhood of New York City. Nas released a statement about his Tribeca debut which reads,
I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they've built over the years. It's an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker [the film's producers] for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.
The documentary will undoubtedly be intriguing for fans of the rapper and to be able to see the performance following the film would obviously be amazing, but if you aren't one of the lucky few who will actually attend, Nas has some projects in the works for you as well. Nas will release an Illmatic reissue called Illmatic XX on April 15 complete with bonus material and a series based on his life is also in the works. The show will be called "Street Dreams" and is being developed by XBox.
Yeah, that post-premiere concert still sounds better to me too.