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The ultimate concert. Now the ultimate movie.
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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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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jay-Z ... Himself
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

Mike D ... Himself

Damon Dash ... Himself

Missy Elliot ... Herself

Funkmaster Flex ... Himself
Freeway ... Himself

R. Kelly ... Himself

Ghostface Killah ... Himself

Beyoncé Knowles ... Herself

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
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
 
Thanks
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
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USA:109 min | Argentina:109 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
From Marcy to Madison Square, 17 April 2005
Author: ThomYorke from Middlesbororo, Kentucky

When "Reasonable Doubt" was released, it was an instant classic by one of the best rappers of all time.

Jay-Z's "Fade to Black" is two movies in one. The first is Jay's last concert at Madison Square Garden promoting his latest and last album, "The Black Album." The second film is recording sessions that go behind Jay'Z's making of said album.

Well, the concert footage is great. One of the best concert films I've ever seen. Jay-Z's performance on stage is nothing short of adrenaline pumping. The guests are always game, even, if only for a verse. Some get more screen time than others, such as Memphis Bleek. Twista, Kanye West, Memph Bleek and Beanie Siegel make an impression. Mary J Blige is excellent. Others, such as Missy Elliott and Foxy Brown barely make an impression.

In short, this is an excellent concert film and if you are a Jay-Z fan, you should buy this one, because you will not be disappointed.

Some minor quibbles. The making of the album footage, while interesting, because Jay-Z never writes his rhymes down, he memorizes them all, and kinda freestyles in the booth, that's very compelling. But, it does get a bit redundant.

This film would be a ten if it was just the concert from beginning to end.

Minor quibbles. Great concert film. Energetic, always entertaining and humorous, this is a good film, especially if you're a hip hop fan. If not, something may be lost in translation. But, if you're inclined to read this, you will not be disappointed. Thumbs way up.

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