8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedOctober 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)[1]
RecordedSeptember 2001–2002
GenreHip hop
Length68:10
Label
Producer
More Music from 8 Mile cover
More Music from 8 Mile.jpg
Singles from 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
  1. "Lose Yourself"
    Released: October 28, 2002[2]
  2. "Rap Name"
    Released: October 22, 2002
  3. "Wanksta"
    Released: November 5, 2002[3]
  4. "8 Mile"
    Released: December 15, 2002

8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the official soundtrack to the 2002 film of the same name. The album, performed by various artists, was released on Shady Records. It spawned the hit single "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, who also stars in the semi-autobiographical movie. The album also spawned a follow-up soundtrack, More Music from 8 Mile, consisting of songs that appear in the film and were released as singles during the film's time setting of 1995. One of the songs was performed by 2Pac, who would be the subject of a documentary with a soundtrack produced by Eminem, who also produced a posthumous album by 2Pac. The album also features four songs by Wu-Tang Clan and its members, and two songs by Mobb Deep, who eventually signed to G-Unit Records. Both albums were also made available in censored versions, removing most of the strong language and sexual and violent content. 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 700,000 copies in its first week. It sold 510,000 copies in its second week and eventually became the fifth best-selling album in the US of 2002, with sales of 3.4 million copies. It is certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album featured the universal number-one hit "Lose Yourself", which won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Singles

"Lose Yourself" was released as the soundtrack's lead single on October 28, 2002.[2] "Rap Name" was released as the soundtrack's second single six days earlier, which is October 22 of that same year. "Wanksta" was released as the soundtrack's third single on November 5.[3] "8 Mile" was released as the soundtrack's fourth single on December 15.

Charts

The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart that year with over 702,000 copies sold in the 1st week and 510,000 copies sold in the 2nd week also finishing the year as the 5th best-selling album of 2002 with US sales of over 3.4 million. As of July 2013, it has sold 4,922,000 copies in the U.S.[4] As of January 2016, the soundtrack has sold 11 million copies worldwide.[5]

It debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart with sales of 45,000 copies.[6] It also reached #1 on the UK Compilations Chart Australian ARIAnet Albums Chart. It featured Eminem's worldwide chart-topping single, "Lose Yourself".

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[8]
NME7/10[9]
Uncut[10]
Q[11]
Rolling Stone[12]
Empire[13]

Content and censorship

The clean version of the 8 Mile soundtrack removes most of the strong language and sexual and violent content. The only word left uncensored on the soundtrack, is the word "ass" (except on "Places to Go" by 50 Cent, where the word "ass" is used twice, but the word was only censored once). No other words are uncensored on the clean version of "8 Mile".

"That's My Nigga Fo' Real", by rapper Young Zee, is listed as "That's My ***** Fo' Real" on the clean version. In "Rap Game" by D12 featuring 50 Cent in Proof's verse, the word "shit" is uncensored (even on the clean version), and in Eminem's verse, the words "White House" and "Cheney" are censored on both edited and explicit versions. A very rare version of "Rap Game" can be heard on the internet, in which the words "White House" and "Cheney" are left uncensored. In "Rabbit Run" by Eminem, the word "fuck" was left uncensored once in the clean version of the soundtrack. In "Love Me" by Obie Trice, Eminem and 50 Cent, the word "goddamn" is left uncensored in 50 Cent's verse.

Track listing

8 Mile

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lose Yourself" (Eminem)5:20
2."Love Me" (Eminem, Obie Trice and 50 Cent)
4:30
3."8 Mile" (Eminem)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
5:57
4."Adrenaline Rush" (Obie Trice)3:48
5."Places to Go" (50 Cent)
  • Jackson
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • Eminem
4:15
6."Rap Game" (D12 featuring 50 Cent)5:53
7."8 Miles and Runnin'" (Jay-Z featuring Freeway)Eminem4:08
8."Spit Shine" (Xzibit)
Porter3:39
9."Time of My Life" (Macy Gray)
4:21
10."U Wanna Be Me" (Nas)3:50
11."Wanksta" (50 Cent)
3:38
12."Wasting My Time" (Boomkat)
  • Kellin Manning
  • Martin Pradler
3:37
13."R.A.K.I.M." (Rakim)
Porter4:23
14."That's My Nigga fo' Real" (Young Zee)
  • Ross
  • Gamble
4:45
15."Battle" (Gang Starr)2:56
16."Rabbit Run" (Eminem)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
3:10
Total length:68:10
8 Mile: The Special Edition Bonus Disc[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Rap Name" (Obie Trice)Eminem5:01
2."Stimulate" (Eminem)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
Eminem5:03
3."'Till I Collapse" (remix) (50 Cent)Eminem1:26
4."Gangsta" (Joe Beast)Mel-Man3:35
5."The Weekend" (Brooklyn)
DJ Khalil3:05
6."California" (Shaunta)
  • Shaunta Montgomery
  • Imsomie Leeper
Mahogany Music3:27
Total length:89:47

More Music from 8 Mile

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shook Ones (Part II)" (Mobb Deep)
  • Johnson
  • Muchita
Mobb Deep5:26
2."Juicy" (The Notorious B.I.G.)
4:11
3."Gotta Get Mine" (MC Breed and 2Pac)
4:18
4."Feel Me Flow" (Naughty by Nature)Naughty by Nature3:34
5."Player's Ball" (OutKast)Organized Noize4:53
6."Get Money" (Junior M.A.F.I.A.)EZ Elpee4:34
7."I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" (Method Man and Mary J. Blige)RZA3:45
8."Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Ol' Dirty Bastard)RZA2:41
9."Bring the Pain" (Method Man)
RZA3:09
10."C.R.E.A.M." (Wu-Tang Clan)RZA4:12
11."Runnin'" (The Pharcyde)Jay Dee4:56
12."Survival of the Fittest" (Mobb Deep)
  • Johnson
  • Muchita
Mobb Deep3:43
Total length:117:32

Notes

Other songs

  1. "Last Dayz" by Onyx
  2. "Time's Up" by O.C.
  3. "Unbelievable" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. "Insane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill
  6. "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan
  7. "Gang Stories" by South Central Cartel
  8. "Who Shot Ya?" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  9. "Temptations" by 2Pac
  10. "Next Level (Nyte Time Mix)" by Showbiz & A.G.
  11. "Player's Anthem" by Junior M.A.F.I.A.
  12. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" by Wu-Tang Clan

Eminem has earned praise from hip-hop producers[15] and pundits[16][17][18] for including authentic, era-appropriate beats in the film, despite the expense associated with clearance relative to original music bearing a similar sound.[19]

Chart positions

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[68] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[69] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[70] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[71] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[72] Gold 21,281[72]
France (SNEP)[73] Gold 100,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[74] Platinum 20,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[75] Gold 10,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[76] 3× Platinum 600,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[77] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[78] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Portugal (AFP)[79] Gold 20,000^
South Korea 66,035[80]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[81] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[82] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[83] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[85] 2× Platinum 696,994[84]
United States (RIAA)[86] 4× Platinum 4,922,000[4]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[87] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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