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Last night the celebration for Nas’ ground breaking debut album Illmatic was kicked off at The TRIbeca film festival 2014 with the premiere of his ‘Time Is Illmatic‘ documentary last night (April 16). Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the film “delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.”

Last night was all about Nas and celebrating  20 years of what a tremendous impact his debut album had on the hip-hop genre. The day before he re-released Illmaic XX, a reissue of his first album with additional unreleased demos. After the screening of the film, Nas took the stage with a bottle of Henny and clad in his signature army jacket. After the standing ovation Nas went on to perform his Illmatic classics, including “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours” and “Halftime.” In between songs, Nas shared anecdotes followed by a Michael Jackson tribute; he brought out his pops and brother Jungle as well to share the stage with him. Pete Rock, Large Professor, DJ Premier, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, who presented the film, were all in attendance.

Below are Reactions from people in attendance who watched the film as well as a video from Nas’ performance following the screening via Nigel D.