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#CHICKflicks: ‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ Opens October 10 in Detroit

#CHICKflicks: ‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ Opens October 10 in Detroit

by October 7, 2014
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“When did you fall in love with hip-hop?” The quote in the form of a question from the movie ‘Brown Sugar’ popped in my head after watching the soon to be released documentary; Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Memories began to rush in of me sneaking to listen to my brothers ‘Illmatic’ cd when he was not home. I remembered how I felt proud of my neighborhood, despite the decline that was happening in it.

Twenty years after its release, Nas’s album ‘Illmatic’ is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young men searching for their voice in America.

The film documents Nas’ born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. From the musical legacy of the Jones family — handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara to the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, and the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic provides more than just a timeline of Nas as an artist, but also provides a heroism in hard work, fighting against the odds and achieving your dream by any mean necessary. Informative and moving, this film gives a rare personal look into one of the most talented lyrisit of our time. Star Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Nas has planned a 15-city Time Is Illmatic Tour that will make a stop Thursday at The Fillmore Detroit.

The New York rapper is expected to perform the entire 10-song Illmatic album while on tour and other career-defining hits.

Tickets for Nas’ show at The Fillmore Detroit range in price from $35 to $60. For more information, visit Live Nation’s Fillmore Detroit page.

Directed by multimedia artist One9 and written by Erik Parker. The film was produced in part by Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions.

Below, watch the film’s trailer followed by the complete itinerary:

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