Movies: Nas ‘Illmatic’ Doc Comes to Chicago

Even more so than the initial year it was released, 1994, this year — 20 complete runs of the calendar later — has been the year of Illmatic, the greatest of great solo rap records.

A 20-year anniversary of Nas’ magnum opus has brought with it countless salutes and high profile performances of the album across the country by the man himself, even one with the National Symphony Orchestra. This has been a celebratory stretch that has out-done the buzz for the Nasty One’s last few albums and in some ways its only started, as the much-anticipated documentary “Time Is Illmatic,” makes its wide release across the nation, including an extended run at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre.

The only place in the city of Chicago to screen the documentary, which delves into Nas’s background and the making of the seminal album, the Music Box initially planned only a single screening tonight — as the film would also do in a couple dozen other major cities in North America tonight — but gave word this afternoon of an extended run going through next Thursday for the North Side independent film house.

Got to give props to the Music Box for doing what amounts to a great service for hip-hop fans in the city, giving all us several more chances than expected to see what I believe will be a great trip down Memory Lane with one of our most important artists during one of the most important times in the culture’s history.

For those who can’t make it up to the Music Box, there is another screening taking place in the Chicago area at the AMC Loews in Crestwood and Nas himself is touring with the film this month in a dual screening and concert show, which stops at the The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. on Oct. 10.

The film will be available on-demand through cable and satellite providers this Friday.

Time is Illmatic Chicago Screenings (Music Box)

Thursday, Oct. 2 — 7:30 pm; 9:45 pm

Friday, Oct. 3    — 3:15 pm; 7:15 pm

Saturday, Oct. 4 — 3:15 pm

Sunday, Oct. 5  —   3:15 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 7 —   7:15 pm

Thursday, Oct.9 —  7:15 pm

More on the film

Movie Website

Reviews (, Chicago Tribune/Variety)

Nas Debates ‘Lost Tapes’ Follow-Up at ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Doc Premiere (Hollywood Reporter)

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