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Just a day after releasing Illmatic XX, the special edition reissue of his landmark debut album, Nas continued his 20th Anniversary celebrations by premiering the Time Is Illmatic documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at NYC’s Beacon Theatre last night. Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the feature-length film “delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.”

Following the screening, Nas took the stage (rocking an army jacket and holding a bottle of Henny, no less) to perform his Illmatic classics, including “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours” and “Halftime.” In between songs, Nas shared anecdotes and brought out some of his family. Pete Rock, Large Professor, DJ Premier, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, who presented the film, were all in attendance.

Check out photos and footage from the premiere after the jump…

[via RealTalkNY]






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