Malice of Clipse called it “flawless”. DJ Semtex called it “perfection”. Lupe Fiasco said, “It changed my life forever.” ‘Time is Illmatic’ cemented Nas’ unassailable skills. It was his debut. He was 17. Witnessing peers succumb to drugs, prison and worse, Nas was the urban poet who elegantly elucidated the transition from childhood to manhood in New York’s Queensbridge projects. Paired with energising, revolutionary beats, NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC delivers an electrifying account of the gestation of a rap milestone, utilising the Nas of then and now, as well as his brother, mother and father, his teachers, Q-Tip, and those struggling alongside.