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Fade to Black (2004)

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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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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5 November 2004 (USA)  »

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$449,331 (USA) (5 November 2004)

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$728,243 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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Who Watches this Garbage?
6 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was painful to watch. It was as if Jay-Z said, "How can I scam money out of brainless fans? Oh, let's make a film telling them how great I am....then charge them to see it!" Where do I begin? The direction is terrible. I think the worst college film student could have done a better job. The camera work was a joke.

The editing seemed to be all over the place with almost no coherent thought put in. I bet they were high the whole time in the editing room. Now I wasn't expecting Oscar caliber film making, but my word...my 6 year old nephew could have done better job.

I don't know who I have less respect for...the talentless so called "artist" in this film or the fans that actually buy his albums. Do yourself a favor, have a little bit of self respect and avoid this disaster of a film.


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