'Music from and inspired by the motion picture' it says on the cover, but it seems that nearly all of the tracks are of the inspired kind, rather than some of the great music from the actual film. It sounds a bit harsh, but if it is the vibe of the film that you are after, you wont find it on this album - the older hip hop tracks that really characterise the film can be found on More Music From 8 Mile, the second CD from the film.
So what is the album like, apart from that? If you like modern rap music, you WILL like it, there are some great tracks by Nas, Xzibit, 50 Cent, and of course Eminem, whereas the rest are good to okay.
All in all, it's an okay album, but not worthy of more than three stars due to the fact that I dont really consider it to be a soundtrack to the film.