Nas Film "Time Is Illmatic" To Kick Off Tribeca Film Festival

Posted Wednesday February 19, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

With less than two months until the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, the organization announced "Time is Illmatic" will open the springtime theater event on April 16th.

Directed by artist One9, the documentary takes a look back at Nas' famous album 20 years after its original release.

“Like the Festival itself, Time is Illmatic and the groundbreaking body of work it recognizes has roots grounded in New York City, but represents and reaches communities far beyond," CEO and Co-founder of Tribeca Film Festival Jane Rosenthal stated. “The film spotlights a musical journey with community and family at its core and we look forward to celebrating this pivotal moment in hip hop history as we open our 13th edition.”

“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they've built over the years," Nas explained. “It's an honor to premiere this film in my hometown.

The rapper continued, "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," he added.

Tribeca also states that the 40-year-old rapper will be taking the stage to perform the entire album after the world-screening premiere.

Illmatic was released on April 19, 1994 and included famous tracks including "Halftime" and "The World Is Yours."

Meanwhile, Tribeca revealed it will announce its full schedule in early March. The festival is set to run from April 16-27 in New York City.

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