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Nas Documentary Set to Open 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

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(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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By Shannon Carlin

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is getting Illmatic after announcing that the upcoming Nas documentary, Time is Illmatic, will open the 2014 film fest.

Directed by One9 and Erik Parker (a former Radio.com staffer), the doc will delve into the making of the now classic album, the social conditions that created it and the role Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara played in his music.

In a statement, Nas said it was honor to premiere the film in his hometown and thanked the filmmakers 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,” the rapper said. “We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”

Following the film’s premiere on April 16, Nas will perform the entire album, according to Tribeca organizers. The film festival runs from April 16 to 27 in New York.

Later this year, Nas plans to hit the road to play Illmatic from front to back for a handful of performances that will include a stop at this year’s Coachella.

To celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary, Nas is releasing Illmatic XXwhich includes a remastered edition of the original album, along with a disc of rarities that includes a previously unreleased radio freestyle from 1993 and a remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix).”

It was also recently announced that Nas is working on a TV show with Xbox Entertainment Studios, which will be based on his experience growing up in the notorious Queensbridge housing project in New York.

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