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Fade to Black

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pat Paulson
Michael John Warren
Produced by Bob Ezrin
Rich Kleiman
Justin Wilkes
Starring Jay-Z
Cinematography Paul Bozymowksi
Scott Lochmus
Luke McCoubrey
Theron Smith
Editing by Jimmy Helton
Jonah Moran
Ron Pantane
Adam Zuckerman
Distributed by Paramount Classics
Release date(s) November 5, 2004 (U.S.)
Running time 109 min.
Country USA
Language English

Fade to Black is a 2004 documentary about the career of US rapper Jay-Z. Filmed around the time of The Black Album, the movie also features many other famous names in hip hop music. This live concert at Madison Square Garden was meant to be Jay-Z's final performance, as he announced his intentions to retire from the industry.

Fade to Black runs through some of the major parts of Jay-Z's Madison Square Garden performance while cutting to Jay-Z and his exploits and showing the viewers where his inspiration comes from.



  • What More Can I Say
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (feat. Jaguar Wright)
  • Knee Deep
  • Nigga What, Nigga Who
  • It's Hot
  • Big Pimpin'
  • Like A Pimp
  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder (recording session footage)
  • Hard Knock Life
  • Notorious B.I.G./2Pac tribute (Hypnotize/Hail Mary/Ambitionz Az A Ridah/Mo Money, Mo Problems)
  • You Me Him Her (feat. Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek)
  • What We Do (feat. Beanie Sigel and Freeway)
  • Roc The Mic (performed by Beanie Sigel and Freeway)
  • Is That Yo Chick (feat. Missy Elliott, Twista and Memphis Bleek)
  • Pop Pop The Burner
  • 99 Problems (recording session footage)
  • Crazy In Love (with Beyoncé)
  • Baby Boy (performed by Beyoncé)
  • Summertime (performed by Beyoncé and Ghostface Killah)
  • December 4 (recording session footage)
  • Dead Presidents II
  • Where I'm From
  • Ain't No Nigga (feat. Foxy Brown and Jaguar Wright)
  • Funky Worm (sample only)
  • Lucifer (recording session footage)
  • Can't Knock The Hustle (feat. Mary J. Blige)
  • Song Cry (feat. Mary J. Blige)
  • Me & My Bitch
  • I Need Love
  • Best Of Both Worlds (with R. Kelly)
  • Take You Home With Me a.k.a. Body (with R. Kelly)
  • Allure
  • I Just Wanna Love U (feat. Pharrell)
  • Encore
  • December 4

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