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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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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Last Waltz is boring
8 November 2004 | by milk-11See all my reviews

Concert films by definition are boring. After 30 minutes you always start looking at your watch. Fade to Black somehow stays fresh for almost two hours. Although the film is far from perfect it is swollen personality and charisma. At points, it's down right hilarious. It breathes life into an almost dead genre of film. I like the way it hops back and fourth between the legendary concert and now historic Black Album studio sessions. Also, I've never heard a concert film sound that good ever! I thought my face was going to melt once Jay-Z took the stage. Fade to Black rewrites the definition of concert film and as time goes on will eventually be called a classic.


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