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Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

A succinct account of the release of the game-changing album

Documentary, Music

7.0

movie

United States of America

English

Instructive

2014

One9

Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier

74 min

Synopsis

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.

Our Take

7.0
Staff

This documentary is about the life of New York rapper Nas around the time of the release of his first album, Illmatic.

It spans a quick and summarized 74 minutes and, while embellished by the direction of street artist One9, it remains a great snippet of recent American history. Nas’s album was a reflection of many realities that characterized his upbringing, while the movie serves to further explore those very realities.

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