One9 :: The road to hip-hop’s “perfect” record is paved with artistic parents, beefs between rappers, fallen friends, troubled childhoods and rejection. Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and many others kneel before Nas’ debut.  " />

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Director One9
United States / 75 min. / 2014 / English



The road to hip-hop’s “perfect” record is paved with artistic parents, beefs between rappers, fallen friends, troubled childhoods and rejection. Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and many others kneel before Nas’ debut.  

The road to the "perfect hip hop record" isn't paved with gold stones, but lined with jagged boulders and humungous obstacles. Time is Illmatic analyzes the record with which Nas wants us to experience his life and we look at hip-hop through fresh eyes, but he also leads us – with his own voice – through the undulating path that led up to it. Artist parents that set the bar ("Whatever we did, we had to be the best and do it with pride"), a troubled childhood – albeit one surrounded by books and music, beefs between rappers, fallen friends (his best buddy died in a feud) and total rejection of the education system ("Read your books" – his father advised him) are among the keys to his singularity. A cyclone of hip hop stars kneel before Nas' debut: Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes and many more. And then there's the old school which saw him break loose: KRS One, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, Biz Markie, MC Serch, Main Source... The album is examined in minute detail, to the extent of analyzing what happened to the guys that appear on the cover photo. (Nas learns of the prison sentences and misfortunes of some of them during the film). It's that intimate. And that revealing.

 

One9 is a director born in Washington DC with far-ranging multimedia experience. Nas: Time is Illmatic is his extended debut. 

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Details
Subtitles
VOSE


Showing format

Premios
Candescent Award

Participation
in festivals
Tribeca 2014

Leadings
Nas, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Jabari “Jungle” Jones, Mrs. Braconi, Fab 5 Freddy, Faith Newman, Wiz

Screenwriter(s)
Erik Parker

Editor(s)
David Zieff, One9 , John Kane

Camera
Frank Larson

Sound designer
Decibel 11

Music Composer
B. Satz

Music supervisor
Scott Vener

Producer
One9 , Erik Parker, Anthony Saleh

Film company
Tribeca Film Institute

Film distributor
Submarine Entertainment

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