Time 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:
"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."
"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)."
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.
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.