(Think: Jay-Z's "Publuc Service Announcement" from The Black Album)
Allow me to re-introduce myself, my name is "sweet"...
For short "es - double u - tee"...
Assigned here to bring a little clarity...
Talkin 'bout Jay's "Fade To Black"... that's where's it's at...
When I saw it, didn't know how to act, sweez!
Ok, now you know I'm trippin'... in my own world, as twisted as I want to be.
But after viewing this movie, I was that HYPED! Jay-Z is one of those cats
who makes it look so easy that you think you can do it just as smooth,
but NAH!!! It just doesn't work like that.
The movie, or film, or documentary, or concert video, or whatever you wanna
call it... on the surface appears to be just that, another movie about an
artist's concert with "behind the scenes" footage... ooooh wow! And I'm not
fond of concert movies, especially Hip-Hop, because most Hip-Hop artists have
NO stage show. I don't want to waste my time seeing someone walk up and down
the stage with a mic... yellin' at me, plus there is NO clarity in their music
on stage. So you can probably guess that when I got the assignment, I was like
"oh lawd, here we go with this b*llsh*t".
But allow me to say publicly and "on the record" that I enjoyed this movie
thoroughly. Hold on, allow me to elaborate on that... this movie brought
questions to mind as well as answered a lot of little uncertainties. For
example, uncertainties like... (1) how does Jay rhyme the way he does?, (2)
what inspires/drives him? (3) how does he pick his tracks? (4) how much
creative control does he really have? (5) why would he ever want to retire?
Uncertainties like these were answered, but questions like... (1) what's next
for Jay-Z? (2) who will be the #1 act act the ROC? (3) why were there NO signs
of DIP SET throughout the entire movie?... amongst others plague my mind after
the movie was well finished.
The movie itself was amazing... first we start with Jay in the studio looking
for tracks that inspire him enough to be on his last album. This studio
sequence goes throughout the movie, segmented in between concert footage.
And not only does Jay pick his own tracks, but each producer has to pitch and
sell Jay on the track (Kayne does his damn thing, I was ready to come out of my
own pocket). But pay close attention to those scenes in particular, because
this will give you the TRUE insight into