nas time is illmatic

It’s been announced today that Time Is Illmatic, the documentary looking back at the impact, influence and making of Nas’ seminal 1994 debut album, is set to open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. What’s more, the Queensbridge rapper will then perform the album in its entirety following the screening. Says Mr. Jones:

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

Time Is Illmatic is part of Nas’ plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, which will also include a remastered rerelease, Illmatic XX (out April 15), a U.S. tour where’ll perform the album in full, and a semi-biographical comedy series with Xbox titled Street Dreams.

UPDATE: Watch the official trailer after the jump…

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