Nas remembers the birth of his extraordinary hip-hop career.
NEW YORK — Superstar MC Nas remembers his humble roots in One9‘s Time is Illmatic, an evocative appreciation of his debut album on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. Though presented concurrently with the inevitable CD reissue (titled Illmatic XX), the doc avoids the prefab feel of many similarly targeted music films, instead offering a strong sense of the neighborhood — New York City’s Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in the U.S. — that served as both a rallying cry for musicians who grew up there and a constant threat to their lives. Though too limited in scope for much of a theatrical life, the film will play well to hip-hop fans on cable.
by John DeFore for theHollywoodReporter.com