The 20th anniversary of Nas' debut is approaching and the legendary Queens rapper is gearing up to take his Time Is Illmatic documentary to the Tribeca Film Festival.
Rolling Stone says Time Is Illmatic serves as a breakdown of Nas' 1994 album.
"When I made Illmatic, I was trying to make the perfect album," Nas says in the new trailer for the documentary. "It comes from the days of Wild Style. I was trying to make you experience my life. I wanted you to look at hip-hop differently. I wanted you to feel that hip-hop was changing and becoming something more real."
The documentary gives in depth insight into Nas' life and the source of his lyrical genius.
"I gave you what the streets felt like, what it tasted like, sounded like, smelled like, all on that album, and I tried to capture it like no one else could," Nas explains in the trailer.
The doc is set to premiere on April 16th for the opening night of the festival.
As previously reported, Tribeca Film Festival CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal is glad to have the film at the festival this year.
"Like the festival itself, Time is Illmatic and the groundbreaking body of work it recognizes has roots grounded in New York City, but represents and reaches communities far beyond," Rosenthal said. "The film spotlights a musical journey with community and family at its core and we look forward to celebrating this pivotal moment in hip hop history as we open our 13th edition."
Check out the trailer below.