‘NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC’ New York Premiere
It has been a big year for Queens Bridge emcee Nas, as it marks the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album Illmatic. To make the occasion even more memorable, he is currently celebrating with the Time is Illmatic tour and an autobiographical documentary, NAS: Time is Illmatic, which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The lyricist held the Hennessy V.S-sponsored premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York Wednesday night and the city definitely came out to support and have a good time.
Nas was joined by the evening’s hosts and director/ producer One9, writer/producer Erik Parker, producer Anthony Saleh, his brother Jungle (who steals the film), and Tribeca Enterprises’s Jane Rosenthal.
Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, Treach of Naughty by Nature, hip hop pioneer Marley Marl (who was celebrating his birthday), Crazy Legs (from Rock Steady Crew), AZ, Ed Lover, grandfather of hip hop Kool Herc, A- Trak, DJ Premiere, Ed Lover, Faith Newman ( who signed Nas 20 years ago), Today show’s Tamron Hall, ABC’s Sade Baderinwa, Adrienne C Moore (“Orange is the New Black”), The Wyld’s Mo Kheir, Brandon Black, and Joe Pascoe, and a fashion loving hip hop’s crowd including Nanette Lepore, Jenna Lyons, Marjorie Gubelman and more were also in attendance.
You already know how it goes, after the show, there’s always the after party!
DJ D-Nice provided the soundtrack that fed hip-hop souls with reminiscent classics as friends and family partied it up at LAVO Nightclub.
The film, which explores Nas’ journey from a youthful street poet to a burgeoning storyteller and iconic MC, opens in New York and Los Angeles and will be available on demand, Friday, October 3rd.
Click through scenes of the festivities below!