8 Mile Soundtrack Listing

8 Mile Album Cover
Courtesy Interscope

8 Mile (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture) is the soundtrack accompanying the movie 8 Mile, rapper Eminem’s film debut. In the 2002 hip-hop biopic directed by Curtis Hanson, Eminem stars as Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr., a young white rapper hoping to launch a rap career in a genre dominated by African Americans. The film’s title comes from 8 Mile Road, a highway that divides the lower class, mostly black neighborhoods of Detroit and the upper class, mostly white suburbs of Oakland and Macomb counties.

Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 for “Lose Yourself.” The song is perhaps the soundtrack’s most popular cut, and one of Eminem’s most popular songs in general. It can also be heard as the musical bed in the trailer for the film.

The 8 Mile soundtrack is not an Eminem album. While the album is peppered with notable tracks by the rapper, it also features recordings from established artists and once fledgling acts on Eminem’s Shady Records label. Nas, Jay Z, Gang Starr and Rakim, all familiar names and legends in hip-hop, appear on the album, but the album also introduced newer artists, like 50 Cent. Now, more than 10 years since the film’s release, it’s hard to believe the wildly popular rapper was relatively new to the game at the time and was about to release his first album. 50 Cent’s song, “Wanksta,” from his debut album “Get Rich of Die Tryin’” appears on the soundtrack, and he also performs an original song and is featured in another.

Soundtracks usually feature a mix of talented artists, but there are only a handful of standout songs; the rest are unimpressive and the album winds up a disappointment. This definitely isn’t the case with 8 Mile. The album feels cinematic and is a collection of hip-hop’s biggest game changers and up and comers.

Soundtracks aren’t this good, and 8 Mile is arguably one of the most iconic.

 

8 Mile (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture)

  1. Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
  2. Obie Trice, 50 Cent & Eminem – “Love Me”
  3. Eminem – “8 Mile”
  4. Obie Trice – “Adrenaline Rush”
  5. 50 Cent – “Places to Go”
  6. D12 – “Rap Game”
  7. JAY Z – “8 Miles and Runnin’”
  8. Xzibit – “Spit Shine”
  9. Macy Gray – “Time of Your Life”
  10. Nas – “U Wanna Be Me”
  11. 50 Cent – “Wanksta”
  12. Boomkat – “Wastin’ My Time”
  13. Rakim – “R.A.K.I.M.”
  14. Young Zee – “That’s My N***a fo’ Real”
  15. Gang Starr – “Battle”
  16. Eminem – “Rabbit Run”