Apr 16 - Nas celebrates the 20th anniversary of his album Illmatic with a new documentary film and a concert. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: "Time is Illmatic," a documentary about American rapper Nas and the making of his 1994 acclaimed debut album "Illmatic," kicked off the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Wednesday (April 16).
Now as an established musician Nas talked about how grateful he for the success of the album.
"It means, it means you survived, you made it. I think about the people who helped me up through all these years and I'm really grateful to everybody."
Nas, the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, has released nine solo albums and three compilations, selling more than 20 million records worldwide. His debut album will be reissued On April 15 in a double disc special edition "Illmatic XX" to mark the 20th anniversary.
Known for the social commentary and honesty in his work, Nas said the documentary, written by Erik Parker and directed by multimedia artist One9, represents the real world.
Since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Rosenthal, actor Robert De Niro and investor Craig Hatkoff to revitalize the downtown New York neighborhood following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, it has screened more than 1,500 films from 80 countries.
De Niro, who attend the opening with his wife, is proud the festival continues to be received well.
"I'm happy that its latest so long, that it's been received well all these years over the years," said De Niro.
Following the world premiere of the film that chronicles the rise of the New York-born artist, Nas performed the album, considered to be one of the greatest rap records ever made, in its entirety.
The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 16-27.
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