‘Time is Illmatic’ examines the history of a revolutionary street poet
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones groundbreaking debut album as Nas – ‘Illmatic’. To celebrate the momentous occasion, a new documentary film ‘Time is Illmatic’ directed by filmmaker One9 and written by Erik Parker, the feature delves deep into the making of Nas’ seminal 1994 LP. Tracing the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas by his father, Olu Dara, an unconventional Jazz musician. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences coming up in New York that contributed to Nas’ view on the world.
With the support of his Queensbridge neighbourhood, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones, overcame insurmountable odds to create one of the greatest works of music from Hip-Hop’s second golden era.
The documentary which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in April this year features interviews with the ‘Illmatic’ producers Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier and commentary from musical peers including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys this is a thrilling account of a revolutionary street poet. Nas is also touring and performing alongside the film in the US.
Watch the trailer and see tour dates below
Nas Time Is Illmatic Tour Dates:
October 2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armony *
October 3 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
Ocotber 4 – Washington D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre (Matinee)
October 5 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
October 8 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 9 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
October 10 – Hammond, IN @ Horseshoe
October 11 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *
October 12 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 15 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
October 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
October 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
* No film screening
‘Time is Illmatic’ is showing from tomorrow October 24-30th at the ICA in London, book tickets here