If you can't respect that your whole perspective is wack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black
Black is often associated to death or to an ending, just like in films when at the end of the movie the screen literally fades to blackness. The Black Album was supposed to be Hova’s last record, he’d have faded to black after the release. This was also the concept for the album cover; Jay’s image was supposed to be barely visible just like like a ghost fading into the dark.
Fade to Black is a 2004 documentary about the recording of this album and the Madison Square live concert.
The song comes full circle with this closing line who links back to the opening of the first verse:
They say “they never really miss you til you dead or you gone"
So on that note, I’m leaving after the song
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