This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will open with a Nas documentary titled Time Is Illmatic. The New York Festival made the announcement earlier today revealing that following the premiere Nas will perform his Illmatic album in full. He had this to say:

I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years. It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown. I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is important to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”

It all gets underway April 16th and will run until April 27th.