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Nas: Time Is Illmatic

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NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC Nas
Danny Clinch

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
74 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/01/14
performer:
Nas
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Twenty years ago, Nasir Jones rechristened himself Nas and released Illmatic, an impeccable debut and one of the most important albums in hip-hop history. This documentary, directed by One9, zeroes in on how the absence of the rapper’s father (jazz trumpeter Olu Dara) informed his development as a sharp-eyed observer, and deepens the mythology that made Illmatic so vivid. Like Nas’ spotty career, the doc loses steam once it gets to the release of Illmatic, but as both an origin story about a great artist and a distillation of ’80s urban blight, it’s as breathless and real as any street-corner rhyme. (Also on iTunes and VOD) B+

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