What makes a timeless classic? It's got to be honest, it's got to be made with passion, and it has to bring something to the table that's never been done.
It's a daunting task, and sometimes, it's better done when you're not really trying. Nas was able to do it at 19. He was an 8th-grade drop-out, barely signed to a label, rapping about the life he knew. It was an unlikely mix for success, but he was real, he was gifted, and even though it didn't spawn a hit single, his debut album Illmatic remains one of the greatest in hip hop history.
As it's been 20 years since Nas gifted Illmatic to the world, it's the perfect time to look back and release another classic. This time, a documentary ten years in the making that's not just about the album but the spirit of the age which made that artist. Time is Illmatic hits theaters in a special screening this weekend, and it's subject is as relevant now as it was then. The story Illmatic tells is everyone's.More »