.
'Time Is Illmatic' Trailer Details Nas' Ambition for 'Perfect Album'
Documentary premieres at Tribeca Film Festival April 16th

"When I made Illmatic, I was trying to make the perfect album," Nas says in the new trailer for Time Is Illmatic, the documentary tracing the history of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic. "It comes from the days of Wild Style. 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."

Where Does 'Illmatic' Rank Among the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time?

The documentary is set to premiere on April 16th for the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival, but the trailer offers a dramatic and tense look at what to expect, from insight into Nas' childhood lyrical genius to shots of Nas' home territory of Queensbridge. "I gave you what the streets felt like, what it tasted like, sounded like, smelled like, all on that album, and I tried to capture it like no one else could," the rapper says in the trailer.

The documentary helps mark the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, and Nas will be reissuing the record with bonus material under the title Illmatic XX on April 15th. He's also playing a series of shows in support of the album, including a Saturday set at Coachella.  

Nas spoke about the milestone in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "It's like I gave myself a 40th birthday present 20 years ago," he said. "It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I've come from; my accomplishments; my dreams."


blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

www.expandtheroom.com