Time is Illmatic        



Tribeca Film Institute | Candescent Award

Time is Illmatic was the inaugural Candescent Award winner at the 2014 Tribeca FIlm Festival. The Candescent Award was created by Lilly Hartley in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and is awarded to powerful social issues films that were supported by TFI during production. Eligible films do not need to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. As a New Yorker, Hartley wanted to cultivate and support the educational programs Tribeca created that help young people gain the media skills necessary to be productive global citizens and creative individuals. We admire TFI’s work in championing storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.


Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film, told through the lens of rapper Nas and his bluesman father Olu Dara, which deconstructs Nas' indelible rap album Illmatic and the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired it.

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.Nas






One9 is an award winning multimedia artist, director, producer and editor. His clients have included Google, PBS, Viacom, Sony Music, and several non-profit organizations. As an artist One9 was selected by Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to create an original series of artwork presented to their selected music talent in 2013-2014. One9 was born in Washington DC and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Erik Parker, Writer/Producer



Erik Parker is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.  He served as Music and Senior Editors for The Source Magazine, Director of Content for music news site, SOHH.com, and Music Editor for VIBE Magazine. He has also written for XXL, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Latina, Glamour and MTV.com. Aside from his work as a print journalist, Parker has produced and hosted MTV Jams' “The Parker Report.”