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Fuse TV Presents: ‘Illmatic’ at 20: Nas Reflects on His Landmark Debut

Celebrating 20 years of “Illmatic,” Fuse TV offers a unique perspective of the creation of Nas’ landmark and timeless debut album with interviews from Nas, DJ Premier, Faith Newman and more.

In a three part series, Fuse TV, with help from Nas himself, chronicle the creation and the significance of his debut album Illmatic which celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. Beginning with Nas’ first feature on Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque” the world was awaken by the talent of a teenage emcee with a mastery skill level from Queens. Nas reflects on the real life times of the era including his personal life, the album’s production process, and the way the release shaped his career while solidifying his place in hip hop. Speaking on the importance of the album Nas states “Illmatic talked about every element of young life in the streets. And you can relate to that in Compton, you can relate to that in Chicago, you can relate to that in Oakland. It was me being that guy – the hustler, the young man who has a dream to get out this neighborhood.

The three part series also features appearances from Nas’ brother Jungle, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Irv Gotti, Kevin Liles, and more. Watch the in-depth special presentation on Fuse TV tonight as it concludes at 7:30pm EST.

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Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” Premiers at Tribeca Followed by a Special Performance of “Illmatic” 
Last night, history was made as Nas celebrated the opening and premier of his new documentary film, “Time Is Illmatic” at the Beacon Theatre with a live performance of “Illmatic” in New York City.

Last night, The Tribeca Film Festival opened at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City , premiering the new documentary “Time is Illmatic”. The film from Director One9 and writer Erik Parker, focuses on Nas’s youth in Queensbridge, the housing project across the East River from Manhattan, where he dropped out of school in junior high and his best friend was shot to death after a night at the movies, all contributing to the landmark album that kicked off his career and cemented his place in hip hop. Introduced by Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro as “not just about the making of an album, but about the making of an artist here in our hometown”, the film kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival celebration with an inspiring focus on music and inner city life in the 1980’s. Notable attendees of the premier included Pete Rock, Michael Rapaport, Wale and Raekwon to name a few. The Tribeca Film Festival will run through April 27th.   
Following the film’s premier, Nas took the stage, dressed in all black and Timbaland boots, for a riveting performance of his classic work that initially inspired the film, Illmatic. Celebrating it’s 20 year release anniversary, Nas who was accompanied by fellow New York native and musician Alicia Keys gave a one-an-a-kind performance of the album in it’s entirety also calling upon his brother, Jabari “Jungle” Fret, to assist on one of the songs. DJ Green Lantern hosted the turntables of the performance where Nas was said to  be inspired by the recollection of his roots as he rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience.” Illmatic celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this weekend on April 19th where Nas is set to give a once-in-a lifetime performance experience to celebrate the album’s place in the hip hop community as well as the milestones he’s reached throughout his career which spans well over two decades. The re-mastered and re-released album, Illmatic XX, became available April 15th.

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Nas’ “Time Is Illmatic” Premiers at Tribeca Followed by a Special Performance of “Illmatic” 

Last night, history was made as Nas celebrated the opening and premier of his new documentary film, “Time Is Illmatic” at the Beacon Theatre with a live performance of “Illmatic” in New York City.

Last night, The Tribeca Film Festival opened at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City , premiering the new documentary “Time is Illmatic”. The film from Director One9 and writer Erik Parker, focuses on Nas’s youth in Queensbridge, the housing project across the East River from Manhattan, where he dropped out of school in junior high and his best friend was shot to death after a night at the movies, all contributing to the landmark album that kicked off his career and cemented his place in hip hop. Introduced by Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro as “not just about the making of an album, but about the making of an artist here in our hometown”, the film kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival celebration with an inspiring focus on music and inner city life in the 1980’s. Notable attendees of the premier included Pete Rock, Michael Rapaport, Wale and Raekwon to name a few. The Tribeca Film Festival will run through April 27th.   

Following the film’s premier, Nas took the stage, dressed in all black and Timbaland boots, for a riveting performance of his classic work that initially inspired the film, Illmatic. Celebrating it’s 20 year release anniversary, Nas who was accompanied by fellow New York native and musician Alicia Keys gave a one-an-a-kind performance of the album in it’s entirety also calling upon his brother, Jabari “Jungle” Fret, to assist on one of the songs. DJ Green Lantern hosted the turntables of the performance where Nas was said to  be inspired by the recollection of his roots as he rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience.” Illmatic celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this weekend on April 19th where Nas is set to give a once-in-a lifetime performance experience to celebrate the album’s place in the hip hop community as well as the milestones he’s reached throughout his career which spans well over two decades. The re-mastered and re-released album, Illmatic XX, became available April 15th.

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Aura. 
Last night was mad real.
#TimeisIllmatic #TriBecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX @jlindebergjournal

Aura.
Last night was mad real.
#TimeisIllmatic #TriBecaFilmFestival #IllmaticXX @jlindebergjournal

Watch Complex’s Feature “When Nas Met Faith”

Complex Magazine celebrates 20 years of Illmatic by reuniting Nas and Illmatic A&R Faith Newman, who signed the teenage emcee to his first record deal with Columbia Records.

Complex Magazine celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a special conversation between Nas and his former A&R Faith Newman. In a the first of a five part series, the two discuss their history together beginning with their first meeting. Newman shares her point of view on why she thought the teenage emcee was so special and how she fought for proper treatment and care for him as an artist with the label. Nas explains how he witnessed the transition from Columbia Records to Sony Music Group and was in essence apart of beginning their first venture into Hip Hop. In a one-of-a-kind conversation, Nas and Newman continue to reveal details about the signing process, the early stages of his career, and the beginning of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic.

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Nas Reflects on His Life in 20 Songs with Rolling Stone
Beginning from the time before “Illmatic” all the way up to “Life Is Good,” Nas discusses two decades of music that impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine.

In celebration of the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas took some time to reflect and share the music that has impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking candidly on the album that skyrocketed the then 19 year old young man into success, Nas states, “It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I’ve come from; my accomplishments; my dreams.” From his first feature in 1991 on Main Source’s "Live at the Barbeque" to 2012’s "No Introduction" of his last album, Life is Good, the Queensbridge lyricist shares details on the imagery and thought sequence of the true significance of each track.
Nas also touches on the inspiration for his next album which he hopes to deliver to fans by the end of this year stating, “I didn’t know that this would inspire me, but this time has made me reflect and made me aware of where I am today. I think I could have put together a good new album without this 20-year anniversary, but I don’t think it would have nowhere near the depth that I think it’s going to have now.” Nas’ re-mastered re-release of Illmatic XX is out now and can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or other local music retail shops. The documentary chronicling the album, “Time is Illmatic” will premier today at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Nas Reflects on His Life in 20 Songs with Rolling Stone

Beginning from the time before “Illmatic” all the way up to “Life Is Good,” Nas discusses two decades of music that impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine.

In celebration of the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic, Nas took some time to reflect and share the music that has impacted his life with Rolling Stone Magazine. Speaking candidly on the album that skyrocketed the then 19 year old young man into success, Nas states, “It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what I’ve come from; my accomplishments; my dreams.” From his first feature in 1991 on Main Source’s "Live at the Barbeque" to 2012’s "No Introduction" of his last album, Life is Good, the Queensbridge lyricist shares details on the imagery and thought sequence of the true significance of each track.

Nas also touches on the inspiration for his next album which he hopes to deliver to fans by the end of this year stating, “I didn’t know that this would inspire me, but this time has made me reflect and made me aware of where I am today. I think I could have put together a good new album without this 20-year anniversary, but I don’t think it would have nowhere near the depth that I think it’s going to have now.” Nas’ re-mastered re-release of Illmatic XX is out now and can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or other local music retail shops. The documentary chronicling the album, “Time is Illmatic” will premier today at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Talking to Sacha Jenkins at Google! cc: @massappeal #IllmaticXX

Talking to Sacha Jenkins at Google! cc: @massappeal #IllmaticXX

Answering Questions at Reddit. #IllmaticXX

Answering Questions at Reddit. #IllmaticXX

Hennessy V.S and Nas Celebrate 20 Years of Illmatic
Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs during week one of Coachella to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ legendary “Illmatic” album with an exclusive look at the new documentary, “Time is Illmatic.”

Following his amazing performance on the Coachella stage Saturday night, where he amazed the crowd with special appearances from Jay Z and Diddy, Nas along with Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch on Sunday offering a sneak peak of the new documentary film, “Time is Illmatic.” Held at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, guests of the event included Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Damon Wayans, Jernaine Dupri, and more. Guests were treated to brunch while they sipped on classic and innovative Hennessy concoctions throughout the day before being treated to an exclusive screening of the trailer for Time is Illmatic, co-created and produced by Illa Films producers, One 9 and Erik Parker. “Time is Illmatic” will premier at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16. Nas’ 20th anniversary re-release Illmatic,  Illmatic XX is available today.

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Hennessy V.S and Nas Celebrate 20 Years of Illmatic

Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs during week one of Coachella to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ legendary “Illmatic” album with an exclusive look at the new documentary, “Time is Illmatic.”

Following his amazing performance on the Coachella stage Saturday night, where he amazed the crowd with special appearances from Jay Z and Diddy, Nas along with Hennessy V.S hosted an intimate brunch on Sunday offering a sneak peak of the new documentary film, “Time is Illmatic.” Held at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, guests of the event included Lance Gross, Eva Marcille, Damon Wayans, Jernaine Dupri, and more. Guests were treated to brunch while they sipped on classic and innovative Hennessy concoctions throughout the day before being treated to an exclusive screening of the trailer for Time is Illmatic, co-created and produced by Illa Films producers, One 9 and Erik Parker. “Time is Illmatic” will premier at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 16. Nas’ 20th anniversary re-release Illmatic,  Illmatic XX is available today.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane with Nas’ Brother Jungle and Vibe Magazine

Vibe Magazine and Nas’ younger brother Jungle take you back to his childhood home for an exclusive tour, in celebration of Illmatic’s 20th anniversary. 

Take a trip back down memory lane with Nas’ Brother Jungle and Vibe Magazine as the celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic. Get a never before seen look as VIBE and Jungle journey back to Queens to the very projects that raised Nas for a first hand tour of the emcee’s neighborhood and famous housing projects. Jungle details their life growing up, friends and neighbors who would come out to support, and the countless hip hop ciphers that took place in the apartment and building. Get a glimpse of Nas’ shared bedroom with his brother and hear details of their sibling rivalries and juvenile spats over music and clothes. Meet the new tenants of Nas’ Queens bridge fifth floor apartment and get a view of the very window that would inspire Nas to rhyme about the things he saw daily. 

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Watch Nas Perform Illmatic LIVE at Coachella
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, Nas performs Illmatic in it’s entirety and more classic hits with help from Jay Z and Diddy.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic, Nas performed the album in it’s entirety to kick off his memorable set at Coachella Saturday night. Dressed in all black, Nas took the stage delivering classic lyrics from the 1994 album with the crowd following along with every word. As a special surprise for the fans, Nas took his performance to the next level bringing out Jay Z for a mind-blowing performance of “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From,” sending the crowd into a frenzy. Continuing to awe the audience, Nas performed other hits from his catalogue including ”Made You Look,” “One Mic.” and “Hate Me Now,” in which he surprised the crowd again, this time bringing out Diddy to share the stage for the epic performance.

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Watch Nas Perform Illmatic LIVE at Coachella

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, Nas performs Illmatic in it’s entirety and more classic hits with help from Jay Z and Diddy.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic, Nas performed the album in it’s entirety to kick off his memorable set at Coachella Saturday night. Dressed in all black, Nas took the stage delivering classic lyrics from the 1994 album with the crowd following along with every word. As a special surprise for the fans, Nas took his performance to the next level bringing out Jay Z for a mind-blowing performance of “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From,” sending the crowd into a frenzy. Continuing to awe the audience, Nas performed other hits from his catalogue including ”Made You Look,” “One Mic.” and “Hate Me Now,” in which he surprised the crowd again, this time bringing out Diddy to share the stage for the epic performance.

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