Twenty years after the release of Nas’s 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, Alicia Keys, and Busta Rhymes), Nas: Time Is Illmatic is a thrilling account of Nas’s evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
Length: 74 minutes
Cast & Credits
Writer: Erik Parker
Producers: One9, Erik Parker, Anthony Saleh
Cast: Nas, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Jabari “Jungle” Jones