Nas is hitting the road for a one of a kind concert series, the Time is Illmatic tour.
The lyricist will be gracing stages across the country to perform tracks from his classic debut album, Illmatic, from start to finish.
His first stop will be in Rochester, N.Y. on October 2. and his last will take place in Oakland, Calif. on October 19.
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of his first release, the 40-year-old is also gearing up for the premiere of Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about his upbringing and career.
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes viewers into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences – from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City – and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20.
Featuring interviews with his ‘Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC is a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
It will debut at the Tribeca Film Fest Oct. 1 with a national release to follow. The film will also be available on demand and on iTunes October 3.
“I want to thank Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and the Tribeca Film family for all of the love and support they’ve given Time Is Illmatic,” the rapper said in a statement. “It is an honor to be in partnership with them, and I feel there is a cultural kinship bonded by the city of New York.”
Check out the trailer below, and find out when the hip-hop great will be stopping in your town.