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Documentary about Nas debut rap album to open Tribeca Film Fest

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:43 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about American rapper Nas and the making of his 1994 acclaimed debut album Illmatic, will kick off the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16, organisers said on Wednesday.

Following the world premiere of the film that chronicles the rise of the New York-born artist, Nas will appear at the festival in a special performance of the album, considered to be one of the greatest rap records ever made.

"Like the festival itself, Time Is Illmatic and the groundbreaking body of work it recognises has roots grounded in New York City, but represents and reaches communities far beyond," Jane Rosenthal, the CEO and co-founder of the festival, said in a statement.

Nas, the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, has released nine solo albums and three compilations, selling more than 20 million records worldwide.

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