After a successful run at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the rights to Nas’ Time Is Illmatic documentary has reportedly been picked up by the organization.
According to Complex, the film company has obtained the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which chronicles the making of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic.
It is expected to hit theaters and on-demand this October.
“I want to thank Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & the Tribeca Film family for all of the love & support they’ve given Time Is Illmatic,” Nas said in a statement. “It is an honor to be in partnership with them. I feel there is a cultural kinship bonded by the city of New York.”
Below is a brief synopsis of the movie from the Tribeca Film press release:
Time Is Illmatic traces Nas’s influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era. The film tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family — handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, and the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones. Twenty years after its release, 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.