Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)
Critic Consensus: Comprehensive yet brisk, Nas: Time Is Illmatic offers an absorbing look at a hip-hop classic and the life of the artist who made it.
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Critic Reviews for Nas: Time Is Illmatic
A well-made and well-shot companion piece to the album, telling the story of Nas' early life and the circumstances that led to his birth as a hip-hop legend.
Time Is Illmatic does a terrific job of weaving hip-hop history into a highly personal story.
The movie is inspiring and tragic, and, directed by street artist One9, it's captured in an artful, emotional way that will speak to an audience beyond rap fans.
As both an origin story about a great artist and a distillation of '80s urban blight, it's as breathless and real as any street-corner rhyme.
The album lives as a touchstone, and a turning point, in New York hip hop. The film may be far less significant, but it does bear witness to the music's greatness.
Audience Reviews for Nas: Time Is Illmatic
An informative and revealing documentary that takes a thrilling look at an artist's life and the many factors that motivated him to create such an extremely influential album regarded ever since its birth as a seminal piece of artistic cry against social oppression.
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