I am a casual fan ofhip-hop, but generally do not know much more beyond the music, so forme it was interesting to spend time with Nas' brother and father, tounderstand more about the environment they grew up in, and the thingsthey had to process and deal with. Nas comes across here as a thoughtful and thankful artist that is neverunsure of where he came from or why he started doing what he does sowell. The film however never focuses for too long on Nas alone anddiscovers some truly great characters along the way to discuss his lifewhether it be Nas's father, brother or record producers every talkinghead here has something informative to say and speaks honestly andopenly about the ups and downs of growing up in the rough neighbourhoodof Queensbridge New York, that through this documentary becomes alivewith history and song. Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Illmatic is a fantastic album and this documentary supports the albumvery well, 20 years on it is still, in my eyes at least, one of thebest Hip Hop albums ever created. We don't go away feeling like we know Nas inside and outbut we do get a gage on what makes him tick and also a reminder thatfor many rap and hip hop is a ways to a better life and also an artform that speaks for generations but also communities.
At first there is a fairlytypical spread of talking heads saying positive things, but after thisthe film does focus on Nas and in particular Jungle; there is a certainamount of guardedness about them perhaps, but they are also open abouttheir past, and willing to be affected by what was and what could havebeen no tears or great emotion, but you do get the feeling that theyare being themselves rather than carefully marketed images, The film istechnically well put together, with a good mix of photographs, archivefootage, and current material, and although it is short at only 70- oddminutes, it does feel like it gets a lot in there in that time. If this is your genre then it is certainlyworth a watch but as a documentary it isn't that impressive. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in. Nas: Time Is Illmatic 2014 Nas: Time Is Illmatic : Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. The contributions vary through the film. This documentary is not just about that album specifically. It was a very pleasantsurprise then to find that it was really nothing of the sort.
The film is not the most insightful,but it is certainly a lot deeper than I had expected, and there aremoments where you can see the impact on Nas and his family, even tolook back on events is tough on them. Time Is Illmatic is neither ground-breaking nor over stylised yet it'sa wonderfully down to earth and accessible look into the life of Nasand the creation of an artist born into a particular set ofcircumstances. Nas - time is Illmatic is an entertaining watch and offers aglimpse into Nas's childhood and early music career but that is allthis documentary offers. If you area fan of Hip Hop then there is an extremely good chance that you seeIllmatic as a standout album. One9 does a fantastic job or capturing the essence of thisneighbourhood, the high-rise apartments and the bustling streets, youcan feel how someone in the vein of Nas was inspired, shocked andformed to the artist he became. I guess those with no interest or knowledge of Nas or his music willnot have too much to hook onto, but for even the casual viewer such asmyself, this nor only captures why Illmatic was important, but alsogives a good base of background to the man, his achievement, and hisbackground all of which is pretty interesting and very well presentedhere.
. It is thefocal point but it does often branch off from this and takes you backinto the childhood of Nas and explains how he got into Music. Outsideof a few aspects which can be forgiven, what we actually get is a filmthat is surprisingly close to Nas and his family, and looks at the rootto that album, rather than specifically celebrating the album itself. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America. What makes the film of value then is thatit takes its time to wander into the past. Loss of live on these streets was acommon occurrence, drugs was not only a hobby but a way of live andmusic was an out, an event that allowed people to vent theirfrustrations or talk about their lives to those in it and those manyworlds away from it. Synopsis Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.
There are some particularly poignant moments herefrom Nas's personal experiences with the loss of friends or anothermoment where we realise that those who grew up around Nas are far lessfortunate than him, a photo showing faces of young man that have mostlywallowed in a life of crime and violence instead of betteringthemselves to a life more abundant. . . . . . .
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