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Time Is Illmatic Trailer

Nas’ Illmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and to commemorate the legacy of the

NasIllmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and to commemorate the legacy of the seminal work, a documentary on the record is set to release as part of this month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Titled, Time Is Illmatic, the film explores the origins and impact of a hip-hop album that was groundbreaking in terms of both style and content, as well as its lofty ambitions. “When I made Illmatic, I was trying to make the perfect album,” explains Nas in the documentary’s trailer. “I was trying to make you experience my life. I wanted you to look at hip-hop differently. I wanted you to feel that hip-hop was changing and becoming something more real.” Time Is Illmatic will premiere on April 16 at New York City’s Beacon Theater, and will be joined by a special double-disc version of the LP, Illmatic XX, as well as an upcoming tour. Take a peek at the trailer above.

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