Album: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

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8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

Artist: Eminem, Various Artists
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Label: Interscope Records

How Eminem was able to assemble so many credible emcees of today and yesteryear (Jay-Z, Rakim) to endorse his Holly’hood coming out party is anyone’s guess. What is clear, however, is that (dare we say it) the Shady One might be growing up. On “Lose Yourself” Em abandons his callous, hardcore posturing to write thoughtful hood-centric coming-of-age lyrics that would make Melle Mel proud. On “Battle,” Gang Starr’s Guru tears through a sick beat from rap’s most prolific producer, DJ Premier. Sadly, Nas wastes more valuable studio time dissing Jay-Z (ho hum) on “You…

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How Eminem was able to assemble so many credible emcees of today and yesteryear (Jay-Z, Rakim) to endorse his Holly’hood coming out party is anyone’s guess. What is clear, however, is that (dare we say it) the Shady One might be growing up. On “Lose Yourself” Em abandons his callous, hardcore posturing to write thoughtful hood-centric coming-of-age lyrics that would make Melle Mel proud. On “Battle,” Gang Starr’s Guru tears through a sick beat from rap’s most prolific producer, DJ Premier. Sadly, Nas wastes more valuable studio time dissing Jay-Z (ho hum) on “You Wanna Be Me.” Interestingly, once you get past the living-legend love-in and peep the skills from Em’s lesser-known Shady Records roster of underground wordsmiths, such as 50 Cent (“Wanksta”) or Obie Trice (“Adrenaline Rush”), you might urge Em to consider giving up his thespian pursuits to become a full-time record executive. Not even the baffling inclusion of Macy Gray’s humdrum “Time of Your Life” can sink this project. —Dalton Higgins

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Rap star Eminem makes a strong movie debut in 8 Mile, an urban drama that makes a fairly standard plot fly through its gritty attention to detail. Jimmy Smith (Eminem), nicknamed B Rabbit, can’t pull himself together to take the next step with his career—or with his life. Angry about his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) and worried about his little sister, Rabbit lets out his feelings with twisting, clever raps admired by his friends, who keep pushing him to enter a weekly rap face-off. But Rabbit resists—until he meets a girl (Brittany Murphy) who might…

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