Nas Pays Tribute to Robert De Niro at Tribeca Film Festival

Rapper Nas paid tribute to Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival, where his documentary Time is Illmatic played as the opening night selection. According to Variety, the crowd at the Beacon Theater practically sang the entirety of the rapper's classic 1994 album Illmatic, with the movie telling the story of how the groundbreaking record put Nas on the map.

NasNas at the premiere of 'Time is Illmatic'

The Wednesday evening screening was a double feature of sorts, with Nas playing a nine-song concert, featuring Alicia Keys on piano. 

"I want to thank Robert De Niro," Nas said on-stage. "He plays me in the movies."

"I only got involved recently," Nas said, of the Tribeca-financed film. "But I'm happy I did." 

The movie's credited writer, Erik Parker, said the movie's job title wasn't meant to be taken literally. "We did everything from PA work to producing to directing," Parker said, noting that the movie's budget ranged from "zero to zero to zero."

As for De Niro himself - he admitted that he didn't have a favorite Nas song - "No" he said when asked if he was familiar with the rapper's lyrics. Then he put his finger to his lips: "Shhh!"

In fact, De Niro admitted to not having seen any of this year's selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. "I haven't seen any. I'm trying to see them now. For me, it's harder to see the movies," he told Variety.

Movies showing at Tribeca this year include Jon Favreau's gastro-comedy Chef, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale and Robert Downey Jr. 

More: Jay-Z and Nas end feud for Coachella performance

Watch Nas and Kelis out with their 3-year-old son:


Contactmusic

Tags: Nas - Robert De Niro - Tribeca Film Festival

Advertisement

More Nas

Military Films Take The Top Prizes At Tribeca, Plus Full List of Winners

‘Zero Motivation’ and ‘Point and Shoot’ have taken the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival. The former picked up the mainaward, that of Best...

Nas’ 'Time is Illmatic' Kicks off The Tribeca Film Festival

'Time is Illmatic’ - directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9 – kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, Wednesday, April 16. The film...

Nas Pays Tribute to Robert De Niro at Tribeca Film Festival

Rapper Nas paid tribute to Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival, where his documentary Time is Illmatic played as the opening night selection....

Coachella Saturday Highlights: Muse, Pharrell And Surprises From Jay And Bey

If you’re at Coachella this year, you won’t be reading this story and if you are… well, this might just make things worse, but here’s...

Advertisement

Buku Music And Art Project 2014 Brings Fantastic Energy From Chance The Rapper and The Glitch Mob

The Buku Music + Art Project has brought another year of top class music to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, with memorable performances from...

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Stunning Pixie Crop At 'Black Nativity' NY Premiere - Part 2

The cast and crew of Christmas musical drama 'Black Nativity' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere at the Apollo Theater. Among...

Black Nativity Trailer

Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy. He is forced to take a trip to Harlem, New...

Rapper Nas Becomes Ivy League Guy With Harvard Fellowship

Rapper Nas - real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones - dropped out of school early. From his humble beginnings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the...

Advertisement

Comments

Nas Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Nas

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All