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Time is Illmatic

Illmatic is the work of a prodigious genius.

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Review Revue: Time is Illmatic

Saturday April 19, 2014

NasTime is Illmatic, a documentary about Nas' Illmatic, kicked off this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas' widely cherished debut album, the film tells the tale of QB's finest in the days leading up to his masterpiece.

Many experts across the Interwebs have reviewed the flick. Here's a review roundup to give you an idea of what to expect:

Time:

"The documentary is a love letter to Illmatic, and it's also an effective example of how politics and policy can shape art and popular culture."

Hollywood Reporter:

"One of the aspects that keeps Time from projecting an advertorial vibe, its indifference to outside voices, may also leave casual fans wanting a bit more: The director never offers the expected testimonials from fellow musicians and others attesting to Illmatic's influence on hip-hop (though Cornel West does pop up briefly)."

NY Daily News

The movie splits its time between detailing Nas' childhood and the creation of 1994's Illmatic. The album brought a new rhythm to rap rhymes, a fresh approach to production sound and a revival of a harder style of hop-hop.

Hollywood Reporter:

The doc barely talks about how the record was received and what it led to -- a career full of multi-platinum records and sold-out arenas -- but it wraps up with some time at Harvard, where a new Nasir Jones Fellowship will promote hip-hop scholarship.

Nas also gave a full performance of Illmatic to the audience. Lucky bastids.

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Miss Info Revisits Her 5-Mic Illmatic Review

Saturday April 19, 2014

Nas Source ReviewOnce upon a time, hip-hop heads used to debate albums on a mic scale. As in the microphone rating scale conceived by The Source. Five mics meant you were listening to a masterwork/future classic, while one mic signaled an chronic wackness. Five mic albums were extremely rare.

As you may have guessed by now, Nas' Illmatic earned the rare perfect score. The writer assigned to Nas' debut was none other than Minya Oh (under the nom de plume "Shortie"), aka Miss Info. To mark the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Info revisits the review on her blog. What was her frame of mind? Did she grasp the enormity of the release? Which verse blew her away?

Hop on over to Miss Info's blog for a look back at Illmatic.

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