Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

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

7.0

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary, Music
2014
ONE9
Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Cornel West
74 min

What it's about

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.

The take

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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