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8 Mile [Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture]

8 Mile [Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture]

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by Eminem

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Hailed as the first great hip-hop film since the pioneering Beat Street and Wild Style, Eminem's big-screen debut, 8 Mile, is backed by a soundtrack that's considerably tougher than leather. The film is loosely based on the controversial rapper's salad days in the Detroit urban underground, and fittingly, for the


Hailed as the first great hip-hop film since the pioneering Beat Street and Wild Style, Eminem's big-screen debut, 8 Mile, is backed by a soundtrack that's considerably tougher than leather. The film is loosely based on the controversial rapper's salad days in the Detroit urban underground, and fittingly, for the soundtrack, Em attempts to recapture the grit and grime of his early demos, despite a multimillion-dollar studio budget. The result is one of 2002's strongest hip-hop soundtracks. Three new Eminem tracks provide the nucleus of this collection, including the rock guitar–fueled first single, "Lose Yourself," and the menacing "Love Me," featuring Shady Records' Obie Trice and 50 Cent, both of whom also contribute several hardcore solo joints to the soundtrack. Exclusive cuts by Jay-Z, Nas, and Macy Gray provide entertaining filler between Em tracks, while veterans such as Gang Starr and Rakim sound as spry as their younger counterparts (on "R.A.K.I.M." and "Battle," respectively). Though not as inherently compelling as the film it supports, 8 Mile is a worthy addition to the collection of any ardent Marshall Mathers fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This may be the soundtrack for Eminem's movie debut, but don't think of 8 Mile of as an Eminem album, because it's not. It's a soundtrack and plays like a soundtrack, with many cuts from current stars and new artists (several associated with Eminem's fledgling Shady imprint), plus a couple of previously released tracks, most of it very high quality, whether it's a hard-hitting Jay-Z, a sultry Macy Gray, or Taryn Manning's Boomkat's sexy slow burn "Wasting My Time." Sure, there's a couple of tracks that fall flat -- Young Zee and Obie Trice feel strained -- but it all flows well, and it's all strong. But it's also all overshadowed by four blindingly great new songs from Eminem (four and a half, if you count his show-stealing appearance on D-12's "Rap Game"), all illustrating a step forward from The Eminem Show, even if they work a familiar pseudo-biographical ground. What impresses is not just the wordplay and delivery, but the music itself -- fuller, richer than anything on his previous records, appropriately cinematic in scope and pushing Eminem toward new heights. The opening track and first single "Lose Yourself" is easily equaled by the title song with its layered pianos, while "Rabbit Run" is nearly as good. Hearing these, it's hard not to greedily hunger for a full album of this, but the soundtrack is excellent as is and these new Eminem cuts make it a necessary purchase.
Rolling Stone - Kelefa Sanneh
Eminem contributes three new songs, all self-produced, which happen to be three of the most ferocious hip-hop songs ever recorded.

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Interscope Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Jeff Bass   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Luis Resto   Bass,Keyboards
Dante Ross   Keyboards
50 Cent   Vocals
Steve King   Guitar

Technical Credits

Guru   Producer
Nas   Producer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Bob Brockman   Engineer
DJ Premier   Producer
Luis Resto   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Cole Gerst   Art Direction
John Gamble   Producer,Pro-Tools
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Dante Ross   Producer
Mike Elizondo   Producer
Brian Grazer   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Martin Pradler   Producer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Osie Bowe   Engineer
Spyda   Producer
Gimel Keaton   Engineer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Denaun Porter   Producer
Urban Kris   Engineer
Michael Strange   Engineer
Kellin Manning   Producer
Chris Contogouris   Executive Producer
John "J. Praize" Freeman   Producer
Steve King   Engineer

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8 Mile [Music From and Inspired By] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all know how good Eminem's flows are in the song "Lose Yourself" are. The #2 song on the album, "Luv Me", featuring Eminem, Obie Trice and 50 Cent has a nice, kind of almost love ballad, female chorus. The three of them sound great together. I feel that song #3, featuring Eminem in "8 Mile", definately has the making of another single. It may not be the next single off the album though. Song #11, 50 Cent's "Wankster", I think will be his breakout single and the album's second single. It has a fresh sound and his voice is melodic at times. Song #6 "Rap Game" features D-12 (including Eminem). This is a very good song, and contains one of my favorite Eminem's verses on the album. The other great songs on this album are by NAS, Macy Gray, and Young Zee. Zee's "My Nigga for Real" and Trice's "Adrenline Rush" bump nicely in the car.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oooh, was that the stove I just touched, or was that the Eight Mile Soundtrack? I tell ya, this CD made me smile more than Jimmy Wisdom's batch of oatmeal cookies. Hearing these lyrical gems from Em, Jay Z, and Nas was like the bonfire of '82. Man, what ever happened to the Transformers? Thundercats, HO!! But if I could give one grade for this album, it would have to go to the good people at the Keebler Company. Don't get in their way, Jack! They'll break you off like a slimmy in heat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite Eminem's multiple appearances, he doesn't seem to steal the shine of the other artists. His heart thumping beats on "Lose Yourself" and "Rabbit Run" are backed some very non-hip hop like vocals but at with much intensity. 50 Cent steals the album with his gangstafied hit, and a usually talent-lacking Jay Z manages to put out a track closer to his earlier work. Overall, Eminem puts his lyical power to work on his solo tracks, and on a 50 Cent chorused D12 joint entitled "Rap Game." The beats resemble much of an over orchestraded Dre beats but, is over dramatic. In those words, the soundtrack relates very well to the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this cd, not just cuz I'm a major Eminem fan but cuz every song was GREAT! If you enjoyed his movie or if you just love him or just rap then you'll love this cd. It has 3 songs by Em and songs by a lot of people from Shadyrecords and of course songs from the movie. I loved this cd and every single song on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
best Eminem cd seens the Eminem show
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! this is the most awesome cd i hav evr listened 2! i love all the songs. i originally bought the cd cuz i luv eminem and 50 cent but i listened 2 it and now it's my favorite cd. awesome songs, great lyrics. ny1 who likes rap should definitely buy this cd. even if u don't u should still buy it and give it a chance. I LUV EMINEM AND 50 CENT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is it me, or have I just ingested 4 big macs from mcdonald's? Don't look at me like that. Tuck in your pajamas, Skippy, and have at those eggs. Our friends at WB know what you like. Unfortunately, I don't. My fingers feel like hot dogs. Whistle while you work and don't give me no flack, Armstrong!