Nas Announces 'Time Is Illmatic' Fall Tour With Documentary Screenings

"Nas: Time Is Illmatic"
"Nas: Time Is Illmatic"
 

Nas is hitting the road with the album that started it all.

The rapper will take stages across North America this fall for a tour that coincides with screenings of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, it was announced on Tuesday.

The tour will kick off on Oct. 2 in Rochester and close in Oakland on Oct. 19. At each stop, he will perform Illmatic — his 10-track 1994 debut that has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop — from start to finish.

The slew of performances mirror the post-screening concert that kicked off this year's Tribeca Film Festival in April, where he was introduced to the stage by Alicia Keys.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic will open theatrically via Tribeca Film beginning in New York on Oct. 1, with a national expansion to follow, and will be available on demand and iTunes on Oct. 3.

"I want to thank Robert De NiroJane Rosenthal and the Tribeca Film family for all of the love and support they've given Time Is Illmatic," said Nas 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."

The documentary project began when former VIBE music editor Erik Parker recruited multimedia producer One9 to shoot clips for the album's tenth anniversary, but the two then stumbled onto a larger story, as the film includes a characterization of the Queensbridge Housing Projects, an interview with Nasir Jones' father Olu Dara in Natches, Miss., and an eyewitness account from Nas' brother, Jabari "Jungle" Jones, of the death his early collaborator, Willie "Ill Will" Graham, which catapulted him into the Illmatic creative burst.

With grants from The Ford Foundation's Just Films and the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access Program, the two finished the project in time for Illmatic's 20-year milestone and anniversary release, Illmatic XX. Nas himself got involved with the film well into the process, but told THR at its premiere, "I'm happy I did it. I love those guys; they opened up my world and I'm forever grateful."

"When we started this project, Erik Parker and I couldn’t imagine that audiences would one day be able to experience the film with a live performance of Illmatic, the album that started it all," said director One9 in a statement. "It will make each night a truly special moment for the culture. We are sure people of all generations will be inspired by the story of Nas, the Jones family, and electrified by a live performance."

See below for Nas' tour dates:

Oct. 2nd                          Rochester, N.Y.                     Main Street Armony*
Oct. 3rd                           Albany, N.Y.                          Palace Theatre
Oct. 4th                           Washington D.C.                  Lincoln Theatre (Matinee)
Oct. 5th                           Glenside, Penn.                   Keswick Theatre
Oct. 8th                           Toronto, ON                         Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Oct. 9th                           Detroit, Mich.                       The Fillmore Detroit
Oct. 10th                         Hammond, Ind.                     Horseshoe
Oct. 11th                         Lincoln, Neb.                        Bourbon Theatre*
Oct. 12th                         Denver, Colo.                       Paramount Theatre
Oct. 15th                         Seattle, Wash.                      Moore Theatre
Oct. 16th                         Vancouver, BC                     Vogue Theatre
Oct. 17th                         Las Vegas, Nev.                   The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas*
Oct. 18th                         Los Angeles, Calif.               Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 19th                         Oakland, Calif.                      Fox Theater

*Will not be screening Nas: Time is Illmatic

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