6.9/10
926
8 user 25 critic

Fade to Black (2004)

Trailer
2:21 | Trailer
Filmed during his "Black Album" era, Jay-Z looks back on his career as one of rap music's most successful emcees and entrepreneurs.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jay-Z ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fonzworth Bentley ... Self (as Farnsworth Bentley)
Beyoncé ... Self (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Memphis Bleek ... Self
Mary J. Blige ... Self
Foxy Brown ... Self
Michael Buffer ... Self
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Self (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
Common ... Self
Damon Dash ... Self
Missy Elliott ... Self
Freeway Freeway ... Self
Funkmaster Flex ... Self
Ghostface Killah ... Self
R. Kelly ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Fade to Black (2006)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Attempting to recover from his failed marriage to Rita Hayworth and restart his career, Orson Welles travels to Italy only to be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega
Fade to Black (1980)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

'Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly' traces the Houston rapper's rise to super-stardom, focusing on the months surrounding ASTROWORLD.

Directors: White Trash Tyler, Isaac Yowman
Stars: Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Stormi Webster
Fade to Black (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Peter Short, the charismatic CEO of a major Australian company, learns that he has only months to live after he is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer. Not wanting to face a painful ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Ervine
Stars: Peter Short, Rodney Syme, Richard Di Natale
Fade to Black (TV Movie 1993)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Director: John McPherson
Stars: Timothy Busfield, Heather Locklear, Michael Beck
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Music video for the song "Family Feud" by Jay Z.

Director: Ava DuVernay
Stars: Beyoncé, Omari Hardwick, Jessica Chastain
Backstage (2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

If you ever wanted to know what really goes on backstage, this is the definitive inside look - uncut and uncensored. Complete with on-stage performances you'll see an intimate view of what ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Fiore
Stars: Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man
Streets Is Watching (Video 1998)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A musical film in which Jay-Z compiles many of his unreleased music videos into a continuous film. The film takes place in Jay-Z's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Director: Abdul Malik Abbott
Stars: Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Pain in da Ass
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9
Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Hip-hop artist Jay-Z organizes the "Budweiser Made In America" music festival.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Janelle Monáe, Rita Ora, Jill Scott
Drama | Crime | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Frustrated with being broke, Beans (Beanie Sigel) decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it. The film follows Beans and his crew, the ABM, as they take over the ... See full summary »

Director: Abdul Malik Abbott
Stars: Beanie Sigel, Omillio Sparks, Memphis Bleek
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

color in title | See All (1) »

Taglines:

The ultimate concert. Now the ultimate movie.

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

User Reviews

 
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.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$449,331, 7 November 2004

Gross USA:

$728,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$755,231
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed