Nas Time is Illmatic, a triumphant rise from the hood to stardom, hits theaters and VOD in October, 2014
Writer/producer Erik Parker and director One9
presents the trumphant rise of rapper NAS from the hood (Queensbridge, NY) to stardom in their documentary film Nas Time is
Illmatic. The MC takes us down memory lane as he remembers his roots, influences, tragedies and successes that have made him
a legend in the Hip-Hop culture, and branded him a rhyme master. Anthony Saleh also shares producer credits. The film is so
deep, and connected with my own experiences so much that I cried throughout. Nas Time is Illmatic is a must see.
"'Illmatic' was an album," said Erik
about the concept for the documentary. "It didn't get a lot of radio attention but it was largely for mainstream America....it
was from a view that people could understand...it validated (the Urban experience) through art. When it connected to us we
felt it spoke to what we experienced. It was the 20th anniversary and I was editor of Vibe Magazine. We started shooting...to
make sure it was documented and realized it was bigger than just the music."
album, "Illmatic," was on Columbia Records and debuted in 1994 at #12 on Billboard Charts. He was signed by MC Serch
at the age of 20. Production on the debut included Nas, Large Professor Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S. and DJ Premier. It was a
hard-core album about Nas' experiences. It achieved platinum status in 2001, and has been recognized as what is now considered
East Coast Hip-Hop. It went on to influence many artists since its debut.
"We wanted to
connect to people's lives that feel like their story hasn't been told," said One9, the film's director. "We connected
to all those people we interviewed."
The documentary film, "Nas Time is Illmatic,"
has interviews with all those that influenced him, that are living, and those that were influenced by him such as Q-Tip, Busta
Rhymes, Swizz Beats, Freddy, Fab 5, DJ Premiere, MC Serch, Pete Rock, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, AZ, and even Dr. Cornel West.
It also included interviews with his father Olu Dara (a professor horn player) and brother Jungle.
Nas narrates the film taking us through his mental journey that would lead him to a way out of the hood and into stardom
- from a young street poet to an influential MC.
"We connected with this brother Jungle
in many ways," One9 pointed out when asked about the many interviews for the "Nas Time is Illmatic" film. "He
has strong ideas...as the film developed our relationship grew...we became friends." When ask about his experiences with
Nas One9 stated, "Nas is very protective of his image. Twenty years later he is open to discussing his life. It's not
easy to discuss your life. He said, ‘You guys are creating art...connected to the music."
"Nas Time is Illmatic" opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 1, 2014. Then it premiers in 40 theaters across
the country for one night only on October 2nd, and arrives on Video On Demand (VOD) October 3rd. Nas Time is Illmatic then
premieres nationwide on October 10th. Nas will tour with the film throughout October.
Film Institute produced the film, and it is distributed in the U.S. by Tribeca Film. Candescent Films provided funding and
Sony Music Entertainment provided stills and archival footage. To learn more visit www.NasTimeIsIllmatic.com
Comedian/actor Tommy Davidson prepares for feature
film on Sammy Davis Jr.
Best known for his character roles on the ground-breaking comedy series "In Living Color" comedian/actor Tommy Davidson
prepares to film the feature film based on the book, "Deconstructing Sammy" by Matt Birkbeck. "Deconstructing
Sammy" is based on the life and death of Sammy Davis Jr. The book focus is on attorney Albert "Sonny" Murray
Jr. who was hired by Sammy's widow Altovise in 1994 to resolve the debts Sammy's estate left behind. At his death he owed
over $15 million ($7 million to the IRS). Murray spent seven years resolving the debts and restoring Sammy Davis, Jr.'s legacy
to the point that in 2001 Sammy Davis, Jr. earned a Grammy Award.
"He was the greatest
entertainer that ever lived," said Tommy Davidson about the legend. "I have similar traits, not saying I am the
greatest entertainer that ever lived, but I think we have similar traits."
Sammy was a Golden
Globe, Emmy and Grammy Award nominated singer/dancer/musician, and actor who had developed a legacy as one of the greatest
impersonators. His acting credits included Ocean's 11, Broadway's "Mr. Wonderful" and "Golden Boy." He
even had his own show "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show." His most famous song was "The Candy Man" and he became
a familiar entertainment on the Vegas strip as "Mister Show Business." He started touring with Sinatra, Dean Martin
and Liza Minnelli internationally in 1987 until he developed throat cancer in 1990, and died May 16, 1990 of complications.
His trademark look was always holding a cigar.
Last year Tommy Davidson brought the
rights to the book and is now working to bring it to the big screen. Tommy's career and talents, as he said, are very similar
to Sammy Davis Jr. The Washington, DC native just wrapped up his own tour "Standing Ovation" with comedians Sommore,
Bill Bellamy and Tony Rock. He was host of Showtime's "The Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show." His characters on the
variety show "In Living Color" made famous for his impersonations of Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, and my
favorite Homey D. Clown. His style comedy was a regular on Comedy Central.
As an actor Tommy
appeared in Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls, Strictly Business, Booty Call, "Martin," and Juwanna Mann. He is the
voice of Oscar Proud on the Disney animation series "The Proud Family." He will also voice his character Cream Corn
on the animated series "Black Dynamite," based on the Adult Swim television series of the same name, which is scheduled
to air on the Cartoon Network in October.
"It's a friend of mine's project," Davidson said
about the "Black Dynamite" animated series. "It's a fun project. I play the character of a hit man."
Tommy took his talents to my hometown Baltimore recently at the Baltimore Comedy Factory performing a total
of six shows in three days.
"I got a little Obama and Rambo, the whole complete package,"
he said when I asked what impersonations he was going to do in my hometown. "It's (characters) always in there. I don't
ask about it....they just come out."
Five-time Emmy nominated comedians
Key and Peele premier the 4th season of their Comedy Central series "Key & Peele," airs on Wednesdays at 10:30
"It's fun and you never know," said Keegan-Michael Key about the sketch-comedy show, "Key & Peele"
which premiered this week on Comedy Central and airs every Wednesday at 10:30 p.n. ET/PT. "We have a group of people
(writers) ready to go for it. We have three minutes to discuss things. We gravitate to things happening now....things you
are afraid to laugh at."
Their comedy series has garnered five Emmy Award nominations. They have
even released their third season of "Key & Peele" on DVD and Blu-ray. This new season will feature an array
of guests such as Ernie Hudson, Rashida Jones, Jason Ritter and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
I'm in a bad mood I get to talk to Keegan," said Jordan Peele when asked what if they wake up and don't feel like being
funny. "At the end of the day my primary job is to have fun. Ideas come in so many ways. You can be driving to work.
Sometimes you want to just play a character."
Some of the favorite characters of the two million
viewers of the show are Wendell, the East-West Bowl, Meegan, and Andrew. Their story-telling has even received a Peabody Award
"We are still performer of color," said Key when we talked about the difference
characters and subject matter. "We have a gay episode. No one's talking about gays in the African-American community.
Most of our job is to make people laugh at the issues. Laughter is one of the most therapeutic things. Laughter is the best
medicine. The best part is it's free!"
Executive producers of "Key & Peele"
are Key, Peele, Ian Roberts, Jay Martel Peter Principato and Joel Zadak. The series is directed by Peter Atencio, who also
serves as co-executive producer, Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
The comedy show is also available online at www.CC.com.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of
over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance
Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: "Uplifting
Minds II" free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at
the Celebrity Center with appearances by EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey, actress Ellia English (Disney's "Good Luck
Charlie"), singer/songwriter Gramma Funk ("I See You Baby"), and celebrity photographer Koi Sojer. ULMII comes
back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)