‘Time Is Illmatic’: 7 Illest Must-See Moments In Nas’ Documentary


Nas’ eternal classic debut album gets diced and dissected in Time Is Illmatic, a 10-years-in-the-making documentary by director One9 and writer Erik Parker. The film does more than merely dive into the rhymes and melodies on wax; it brilliantly tells the life and times of one of the most gifted lyricists hip-hop has ever heard, and illustrates how those tales shaped his masterpiece. There are occasional laughs, but this is mostly a stone-faced affair that will fascinate any fan of the culture. After watching last night’s premiere (Sept. 30) at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), these seven aspects of the film left the biggest imprint in our mental. —John Kennedy

Time is Illmatic hits select theaters tomorrow (Oct. 2) and will be available on Video On Demand/digital platforms beginning Oct. 3.