The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with the Nas documentary Time is Illmatic. The film follows the story of Nas’ classic debut, Illmatic, and will air on Wednesday, April 16, alongside a performance by the rapper.

Time is Illmatic is directed by multimedia artist One9 and written by veteran rap journalist Erik Parker.

“I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they've built over the years,” said Nas in an official press release. “It's an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker 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. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”

[via Tribeca Film Festival]

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