• Fade to Black (2004)

Fade to Black

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

This documentary focuses on the massively popular rap artist Jay-Z. The film's centerpiece is the hip-hop icon's sold-out 2003 performance at Madison Square Garden. Intended as a farewell concert, the show presents hits such as "Hard Knock Life" and "Crazy in Love," and features numerous guest artists, most notably Jay-Z's girlfriend, Beyoncé. The film also includes interviews with the rapper himself, behind-the-scenes footage and clips of Jay-Z during the recording process.

Director: Patrick Paulson , Michael John Warren

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: @radical media Inc.

Keywords: 2000s , Rise , Spirited , New York City ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Whether a legend was born (or retired) that night at the Garden remains to be seen, but even on film, it was one killer show. show more

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film doesn't manage to achieve for hip-hop what the great rock concert films of the past have done for their musical genre. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It mostly is a triumph of stagecraft and speaker-blowing freestyling. show more

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