Nas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his prestigious debut Illmatic in a big way. In addition to dropping a special re-release Illmatic XX and performing the LP in full, the Queensbridge MC will also be bringing his Time Is Illmatic documentary to the Tribeca Film Festival.
According to THR, the doc will debut in lower Manhattan Wednesday, April 16, two days after its anniversary – April 14, 1994. It will also be followed by a special performance from the VIBE Impact Award honoree.
“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” Nas said in a statement. “It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker 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.”
Time is Illmatic is directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker and Nas’ manager Anthony Saleh. Watch Parker pay homage to Nasir with his VIBE Impact speech below.