One9 is an award-winning multimedia artist, director, producer, and editor. He edited the PBS documentary short, Can’t Hold Me Back and the feature documentary, Lucky. As a visual artist, One9 was selected by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to create an original series of paintings that are presented to the musicians who perform at the arena. Time is Illmatic is One9’s directorial debut.
Multimedia artist One9's documentary follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, Illmatic, one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip hop. Even 20 years after its release, Illmatic is widely recognized as a hip-hop benchmark that captured the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit and collective angst of a generation of young artists searching for their voice in America. Tracing Nas’s influences from the music of his jazz musician father, Olu Dara, to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in his native Queensbridge, Time is Illmatic describes the almost insurmountable obstacles he faced in creating his opus, providing an authentic and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC.
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