Time Is Illmatic is a passion project that’s a result of 10 years worth of work. Filmmakers Erik Parker and One-9, the creators of the film, sat down to discuss what it took to detail the story around what many consider to be the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time.

“I was a music editor at VIBE magazine and I was working on a story on the 10 year anniversary of Illmatic,” recalled Parker, acknowledging that the written piece wouldn’t have done Nas’ debut the proper justice. In connecting with One-9, the idea of doing a documentary came about. As the saying goes, the rest is history, though tons on small victories came before the film’s release.

Hear Parker and One-9 speak below.

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