VIFF 2014: Nas: Time is Illmatic is revealingly raw

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      Nas: Time is Illmatic (USA)  

      Much more raw and revealing than the recent Jay Z doc, but then Nas himself is more unpredictably ahead of the curve. The influence of his father, avant-jazzer Olu Dara, is keenly felt in this 73-minute doc, although the root of family conflicts with his earthier, artistic mother isn’t that clear. There’s plenty of context, however, coming from survivors of the Brooklyn hip-hop scene that also included Roxanne Shanté, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, and others who discuss what made their period, and Nas himself, more about creativity than about thug life.

      Rio Theatre, September 28 (2 p.m.) and October 3 (9:30 p.m.); International Village, October 1 (1 p.m.) 

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