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'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' is a reminder of rap's potential
'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' is a reminder of rap's potential

Two decades have passed since the release of Nas' seminal debut album, "Illmatic," in which the hip-hop artist chronicles brutal inner-city life with a mix of autobiography, journalism and poetry. The album creates a near-cinematic vision, immersing listeners in a drama that vividly unfolds in their mind's eye. The new documentary film, "Nas: Time Is Illmatic," recounts the circumstances leading up to the groundbreaking record. The film's director, who goes by the name One9, begins with the formative years of Nas (born Nasir Jones) in a Queens housing project, where early influences included jazz played by his musician pop, Olu Dada. Nas asserts that an...

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