illMatic is turning 20 years old on April 19th and Nas plans an array of exclusive releases and performances in its celebration. He recently revealed he would be putting out an anniversary edition of the classic album titled illMatic XX. The anniversary edition album will feature unreleased remixes of album cuts, as well as exclusive never-before-heard freestyles and original album tracks.
We’ve now learned he is also releasing a feature-length documentary called Time Is illMatic which will be premiering at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival and he’ll be performing the album in its entirety after the screening. Producer and director One9 collaborated with writer-producer Erik Parker to give us an in depth look at the origins and influences beginning with his jazz-musician dad Olu Dara. It also takes us into the environment and relationships that affected the rapper.
"I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” said Nas in a statement. “It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”
With the release of the anniversary album and documentary coinciding with the actual anniversary date, it’s looking to be a busy spring 2014 for Nasty Nas. Also be on the lookout for the announcement of the illMatic 20th Anniversary Tour which is rumored to kick off at Coachella in April.