Film Spotlights Jay-Z's New York Bash
Jay-Z is headed to the big screen in the Paramount Classics documentary film "Fade to Black," which opens Nov. 5 in U.S. theaters.Jay-Z is headed to the big screen in the Paramount Classics documentary film "Fade to Black," which opens Nov. 5 in U.S. theaters. The rapper is the star, narrator and an executive producer of the film, which centers on his all-star concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25, 2003.
Other artists who appear in the concert footage include Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, Foxy Brown, the Illadelphonics and ?uestlove of the Roots. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Slick Rick, Damon Dash and producer Rick Rubin are also featured in the movie, which will include backstage footage.
"I was on the biggest stage in the world, with some of the biggest stars in music, and we pulled off the perfect night," Jay-Z says in a statement. "This was the ultimate dream growing up in Brooklyn."
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has previously appeared in the 2002 movies "State Property" and "Paper Soldiers." His big-screen debut was in the 2000 documentary film "Backstage," which chronicled his 1999 Hard Knock Life tour with DMX.
The rapper is in the midst of his Best of Both Worlds tour with R. Kelly, which stops tomorrow (Oct. 7) in Washington, D.C., and has just announced a host of new dates through Nov. 28 in Phoenix. The pair's new album, "Unfinished Business," is due Oct. 26 via Def Jam.