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Fade to Black (2004)

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Filmed during his "Black Album" era, Jay-Z looks back on his career as one of rap music's most successful emcees and entrepreneurs.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jay Z ... Himself (as Jay-Z)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fonzworth Bentley ... Himself (as Farnsworth Bentley)
Beyoncé ... Herself (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Memphis Bleek ... Himself
Mary J. Blige ... Herself
Foxy Brown ... Herself
Michael Buffer ... Himself
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Himself (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
Common ... Himself
Damon Dash ... Himself
Missy Elliott ... Herself
Freeway Freeway ... Himself
Funkmaster Flex ... Himself
Ghostface Killah ... Himself
R. Kelly ... Himself
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An intimate look at hip-hop artist Shawn Carter, Jay-Z, revealing the multiple Grammy Award winning artist as never before, from his background and rise to fame to the recording of his last album. The film chronicles the legendary concert of Jay-Z's performance at Madison Square Garden in November 2003. In an unprecedented event, a hip-hop artist sold out an arena in only two hours. Nearly one year later, fans and artists alike still reflect on this monumental musical night. The event was a spectacular culmination of Jay-Z's recording career prior to his self-proclaimed retirement from solo performing. Yet this one night also defined a musical generation, showcasing the evolution and reach of the world's most popular music genre. Guest performers included Jay-Z's closest friends and music industry colleagues: Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Foxy Brown, Pharrell, and Questlove and The Illadelphonics along with appearances by hip hop icons Damon Dash, Rick Rubin, Slick ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The ultimate concert. Now the ultimate movie.

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual lyrics | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jay Z: Fade to Black See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$449,331, 7 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$728,243, 19 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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A good, authentic look at the man in his prime-- great live footage
29 November 2013 | by eyelineronacatSee all my reviews

It's nearly impossible not to get caught up in the insane energy of the live performance scenes in this movie (from Jay as well as the audience, who were in love with the world, Jay, and whatever joker standing next to them in the rows out there too), and the man is obviously at his peak here. It didn't feel like a super-cohesive film, but that doesn't bug me too much. I could watch hours of him doing his thing in the studio and Rick Rubin and whoever else is there just sort of marveling at Jay's self-proclaimed "Rainman" routine of just sounding everything out until the puzzle pieces fit. He is not my favorite hip hop artist by a long shot but he is sure as hell interesting, and this film needed to be made, if not for anything else other than posterity. I've watched Fade to Black a good dozen times over the years. I like the authenticity of this film a LOT more than the recent documentary, Made In America-- which was amusing as hell and I loved the collection of artists, but many of the montage bits and segues were pretty pretentious.


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