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Pat Paulson and Michael John Warren's documentary records Jay-Z's last performance, staged at Madison Square Garden, in November 2003. It was supposed to be his last show -- along with his last CD (The Black Album), and his last book, The Black Book, which is also his first book; he's since had plenty more performances, at least three of which were at Madison Square Garden. Regardless, memorable moments in this Roc-A-Fella Films release include: Jay-Z and R. Kelly in happier times; an overblown Timbaland stuffing his face with bananas while wobbling around to the "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" track; thousands of thugged-out fans bobbing their heads, and their breasts, to the Annie theme song; Slick Rick overdosing Ghostface with enough super-sized gold chains to permanently disable his posture; and Foxy Brown squeezing her ta-tas into a tight tube top before her performance, where she memorably forgets most of her own lyrics.

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