TAA Alum ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Will Open 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

We are happy to announce that 2013 Tribeca All Access® grantee Time Is Illmatic will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary, directed by multimedia artist One9, looks back on rapper Nas' landmark 1994 album Illmatic.

Time Is Illmatic will premiere on Wednesday, April 16, and will be followed by a special performance by Nas.

Can it get any better than that?

Here's more about the film from TFF's press release:

Time Is Illmatic traces Nas’s influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The film tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family -- handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, and the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young men searching for their voice in America.


Stay tuned for more festival lineup updates right here in the coming weeks. The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 16-27.

To get you ready for an amazing night, let me take you back to '94 with two of my favorite songs from the Illmatic album: