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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jay Z ... Himself (as Jay-Z)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fonzworth Bentley ... Himself (as Farnsworth Bentley)

Memphis Bleek ... Himself

Mary J. Blige ... Herself

Foxy Brown ... Herself

Michael Buffer ... Himself

Sean Combs ... Himself (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)

Common ... Himself

Damon Dash ... Himself

Missy Elliott ... Herself
Freeway ... Himself

Funkmaster Flex ... Himself

Ghostface Killah ... Himself

R. Kelly ... Himself

Beyoncé Knowles ... Herself

Mike D ... Himself

Tim Mosley ... Himself (as Timbaland)

Q-Tip ... Himself

Usher Raymond ... Himself

Slick Rick ... Himself

Rick Rubin ... Himself
Afeni Shakur ... Herself
Beanie Sigel ... Himself

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself

Twista ... Himself
Voletta Wallace ... Herself

Kanye West ... Himself

Pharrell Williams ... Himself
Jaguar Wright ... Herself

Directed by
Patrick Paulson 
Michael John Warren 
Produced by
Randy Acker .... co-producer
Zennia M. Barahona .... post-production producer
Robert Ezrin .... producer
Andrew Fried .... associate producer
Jay Z .... executive producer (as Jay-Z)
Jon Kamen .... executive producer
Rich Kleiman .... producer
John Meneilly .... executive producer
Rick Mordecon .... co-producer
Frank Scherma .... executive producer
Justin Wilkes .... producer
Cinematography by
Jonathan Boehr 
Theron Smith 
Film Editing by
Jim Helton 
Jonah Moran 
Ron Patane 
Adam Zuckerman 
Production Design by
Gary Westcott 
Production Management
Liz Bradley .... production supervisor
Art Department
Peter Aquinde .... assistant to production designer
Nathan Copan .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Rich Cutler .... sound editor
Corey Gibson .... sound mixer
Mike Patrick .... sound recordist
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
Robert Cooper .... lighting crew chief
Tyler D'Askquith .... camera operator
Glenn Felton .... dimmer technician
Nick Jackson .... lighting account manager
Luke McCoubrey .... additional photographer
Theron Smith .... cinematographer (2003)
Tom Thompson .... lighting technician
Joe Victoria .... jib operator
Animation Department
Vello Virkhaus .... animation director
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Dan Hacker .... post-production engineer
Zachary MacDonald .... post-production
Brett Mason .... on-line editor
Buckley W. Morgan .... assistant editor
Richie Roefaro .... post-production
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
Other crew
Randy Buzzelli .... tour manager
Ava DuVernay .... publicity consultant
Drew Findley .... video programmer
Demetri Jagger .... film projectionist
Andrew Kimmel .... transcriber
Christopher Lagdamen .... production assistant
Scott Floyd Lochmus .... consulting director
Sean Ludlam .... production coordinator
Becky Mendoza .... production assistant
Davi Russo .... graphics creative director
Brett Goffin .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Jay Z: Fade to Black" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual lyrics
USA:109 min | Argentina:109 min
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When Jay-Z retired from rap (2004), 24 March 2016
Author: Adam_West_as_Batdan from Edinbruhhh

This documentary is part making of THE BLACK ALBUM and part his retirement concert in Madison Square Guarden intertwined with each other.

Throughout the documentary there is constant talk of Jay-Z's retirement with fans and friends talking about how they can't believe the Jigga man is retiring.

But of course that all turned out to be nothing more than a publicity stunt because 2 years later he released a new album and have made countless albums since.

So it definitely loses it's value from that fact, although tbh I and many others never believed him when he said he was retiring and there are enough good performances and insight on the making of the album that it makes worth watching regardless (if you're a fan).

Even if Jay-Z's performance on MTV's UNPLUGGED was a lot better though.

So yeah nothing amazing, and the retirement was just another hustle for Hov to put on his resumé and as he said 'you can't knock the hustle' so I guess we can't knock it too hard, and it's a hard knock life after all so knock knock on.

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