Directed by artist One9 and written by Erik Parker, the film "traces Nas's influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop's second golden era," Tribeca organizers said in a statement.
Nas said that he and other filmmakers "wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers."
The rapper will perform the entire album after the world-premiere screening on April 16. Tribeca organizers said.
"Illmatic" was a seminal album in the history of hip-hop when it came out in 1994. With tracks such as "Halftime" and "The World Is Yours," the record lays bare issues of violence and poverty, often drawn from its artist's native hardscrabble
Tribeca has sometimes opened with Hollywood films such as “The Five-Year Engagement” and “
Tribeca will announce its full slate in early March. The festival runs April 16-27 in New York.