Raekwon, Pete Rock, NAS & Eric B

Nas Wows Tribeca Film Festival With "Time Is Illmatic" Documentary

Nas & Brother Jabari

“I thought Nas was gonna be a great trumpeter.” – Olu Dara, Nas’ father

Nas’ esteemed father couldn’t have been more wrong, as his lyrical genius of a son would craft a classic called Illmatic 20 years ago this year. Last night in New York City at the Beacon Theater, 3,000 plus fans, industry heads and newbs came out to celebrate the anniversary of the seminal album in the form of a film screening and concert by the man himself.

“Time Is Illmatic,” a documentary crafted by Erik Parker and One Nine, is a multi-layered look a the Queensbridge-bred artist, but also examines the plight of youth and families reared in the ‘hood. The flick delves deep. “We see what’s going on–pregnant ladies doing crack,” Nas said of his early development bearing witness to the drug epidemic that swept urban America. The movie also shifts from the death of his dear friend Ill Will, his mother’s passing and the relationship with his father, Olu. Jungle, his brother, is the secret weapon in the documentary and he offers a different, often hilarious perspective. Frankly speaking, this is a must-see music documentary.

The movie kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival and Robert De Niro, Swizz Beatz, Pete Rock and Raekwon were on hand to watch the documentary as well. Once the viewing was over, Alicia Keys took the stage and introduced Nas, who performed Illmatic in its entirety.

Photos: KirillWasHere.com

Peep the pictures below.

Alicia Keys



Film Intro


NAS - after party


NAS holding Hennessy bottle 2

NAS holidng Hennessy Bottle 1

NAS Performing - 1

NAS performing 2

NAS performing 3

NAS performing 4

NAS Red Carpet

Pete Rock

Producers Erik Parker & One9 - Red Carpet

Raekwon & Michael K Williams

Raekwon, Pete Rock, NAS & Eric B

Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower


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  • IceBergSlim

    Still Illmatic = Nas…. Str 8 Legend

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    • ShortDogg

      i agree…

  • Eli Pinilla

    Heard the doc was great…..legends in that first pic and wale shouldn’t of been Invited…….

    • johnblacksad

      LMAO @ Wale

  • Terrance

    Life is Good was a really cool album. Hope he keeps going in that direction.

    • ShortDogg

      I agree. Life is Good was a good album. I think that is what’s wrong with our rap fan base now. We talk about one record and not the complete album. It is sad! It is truly is!!!

    • 5% Hov


      I thought it was epic. You could hear the divorce in the second half of records. Amazing pictures man. – Hov.

      • Terrance

        TRUE, that album was better than MOST his albums. However, I KNOW Nas is capable something we haven’t seen yet and I’m reserving my enthusiasm until I see more. He STILL a LEGEND tho.

  • ShortDogg

    Great friends, loyalty, and sharing now that’s what is up! Nas is the greatest rapper ever and illmatic is the greatest album ever. No rap artist has celebrated a classi album like this. Nas is cemented forever in this rap game. Look and learn rap dudes.

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  • LoverOfHipHop

    Ugh…I would have loved to be there….

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  • Splatter

    G.O.A.T my opinion. but it’s a lot of peoples opinion too, including a lot of your other favorite rappers.

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  • Lou Velazquez

    my boy nasir jones greatest rapper ever

  • coldPissa

    Another way to sell u niggas some mo henny and 666 headphones lol

  • johnblacksad

    Pushing that Hennessy I see…

    • 5% Hov

      “No Alcohol commericals for NAS.”

  • The_Good_Life

    You the man when Alicia keys is your backup…