Queens rapper Nas changed the game with his debut album Illmatic, which turns 20 this year, and already the record has gotten a fancy re-issue, tons of radio play — and now — a feature length documentary. The film itself isn’t so much VH1 music doc to the life of Nasir Jones, but rather the story of a family and a neighborhood, the hard environment that Nas synthesized into poetry.
Back in July, we screened NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC to a sold out crowd, and the film’s production team of One9 and Erik Parker were there to field questions on how they tracked down Nas, the history of the Queensbridge Projects, and what material never quite made it to the final cut. Video is below. One love.