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on 26 March 2003
'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.
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on 12 March 2003
Anyone thinking about buying this CD should know that there are not many tracks on it from the actual film. If you are after Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' and some okay tracks by rappers such as Jay-Z, Nas, Rakim and Gangstarr, then you may like this CD, but if you are after some of the old school stuff as featured throughout the film, you should buy 'More Music From 8 Mile' which is the real soundtrack.
This is a good CD with some great tracks, but a soundtrack to the movie it ain't.
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on 24 September 2003
Well, it certainly is a joy to see such a great variety of hip hop crammed into 1 CD, and that is hard to find sometimes. But Em is at his best here, with fantastic tracks like 'Lose yourself', '8 mile' and 'Rabbit run'. Em also introduces 2 of his latest signings- 50 cent and Obie Trice who both feature with Slim on the decent 'Love you' and also have some tracks on their own. Obie has the hardcore 'Adrenaline rush' and 50 has 'places to go' which unfortunately isn't very good but all is made up for on 'Wan*sta'. Xzibit also makes an appearence with the brill 'spit shine'. D12 are in the great track 'rap game' too!Plus(even though I'm not a fan of him)Jay Z comes in with his good track '8 miles and runnin'. The only dissapointments are the tracks by Macy Gray and Young Zee. No Dr Dre either. But overall this CD is a MUST HAVE for all Eminem/rap fans!
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on 3 January 2003
The soundtrack to the huge movie "8 Mile" is a brilliant rap album. It won't appeal to anyone not into hiphop, but there is no denying the deep lyrics and beats that make this album a winner.
Of course the stand-out tracks are Eminem's but take time to listen to the others and you will realise most of them are just as good.
"Lose Yourself" is the first single released off this album and it has all that a rap hit needs- good beats, funky lyrics and attitude...8/10
"8 Mile" is one of the best tracks on the cd but there is doubt about releasing it...10/10
"Run Rabbit Run" is another good song but perhaps lacks a bit of the spunk that Eminem normally tops his songs up with...8/10
"Love Me" Obie Trice and 50 Cent rap with Eminem on this song. With female vocals, this song is nice...9/10
"Places To Go" 50 Cent shows true talent on this song. With a catchy chorus and clever rhymes, this is one more good song...9/10
"Wanksta" another 50 Cent song, but not quite as good. Nice beats though, and something you wouldn't want to leave out on this album 8.5/10
"Rap Game" a bit different from D12's previous songs, but in a good way. You may even find yourself singing along with the chorus...9/10
"You Wanna Be Me" Nas shows off his rap ability and you find yourself wishing they'd included more of his tracks on this cd...9/10
"8 Miles And Running" Another song to sing along to, this Jay-Z track is one which would be sorely missed on this soundtrack...9.5/10
"That's My Ni99a Fo Real" Young Zee doesn't really amaze anyone with this track. Perhaps it could be replaced...7/10
"Battle" this track is by Gang Starr and has a nice rhythm going. Definetly not his best track, but good all the same...8/10
"Spitshine" this probably won't attract any non-Xzibit fans, but if you are a fan, this will not disappoint...8.5/10
"Time Of Your Life" Macy Gray's contribution to this album isn't as good as most songs, but it is a good addition...7.5/10
"Wasting My Time" this is the only track on the cd I didn't like. Taryn Manning has a nice voice but this song just doesn't hold my interest...6/10
"R.A.K.I.M" Good but not great. It flows nicely and wakes up the cd after a bit of samey rap...8.5/10
"Adrenaline Rush" Obie Trice does the solo thing again and really impressed me! I'll be looking out for his album. This is a great song with smart raps and a cool chorus...10/10
To sum it up, if you're a hiphop fan who likes Eminem, this cd is for you.
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on 4 March 2003
I love rap,but I've had this album a few days and I'm bored with it, lose yourself is good, and run rabbit run and a a few others. Wanksta by 50 cents was a typical example of a song that couldn't hold my attention and became backround music..What would have been nice would have been some stuff actually in the film! try it and see what you think.
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on 3 November 2002
This is an absolutely superb collection of new and exciting hip hop from one of rap's most prominent stars.
To be honest, I didn't enjoy 'The Marshall Mathers LP' or 'The Eminem Show' anywhere near as much as 'The Slim Shady LP', 'Devil's Night' and the underground classic 'Infinite'. On those two albums, Em just seemed like he was trying too much to make his music commercially viable, and it turned out much less raw and fluent.
However, Marshall has put it all right with this. Definitely.
The opening track 'Lose Yourself' is the most obvious choice as a single, and that's why it is indeed, the first single. There's a heavy guitar driven base-line and a great piano riff to complement it. Em spits some great rhymes on this track about taking opportunities and getting taken in by the moment.
The second track is one of my personal favourites, 'Love Me', Eminem, Obie Trice and Shady Records new-boy 50 Cent carry this track entirely themselves as there is hardly any production at all. 'Love Me' is a song that takes the mickey out of all the current hip-pop songs about love, with some r'n'b singer praising this big ol' 'thugged out' rapper. Shady Records rip it up, they expose those sorts of songs for what they are - false.
Basically, that sets the tone for the rest of the album, there's some excellent moments provided by Nas, Jay-Z (Yes, a good song by Jay-Z recorded in the last 5 years!), more from Obie and 50 Cent, Xizbit, Rakim, Young Zee and others, but the real highlight of the album is the last 2 tracks. There's 'Run Rabbit', a fast moving hip hop roller coaster with no chorus, just Eminem going for like, 3 whole minutes, it's pretty incredible, and then there's the finest point of the album....
GANGSTARR. I don't know why they're on here, or how Eminem got them on here, but they are. And dear God. 'Battle' is absolutely stunning, Guru rips all the 'gangsta rappers' of today to shreds with one verse, he also completely shuns all those nu-school rappers who claim they could battle him, NO, NO. Then add to that some really amazing, heavy base-driven production from DJ Premier and some nice scratching and you have a real modern hip hop classic.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable, very diverse listen, with some of hip hop's (and r'n'b's) very best talents showcased beautifully. Eminem and Shady Records have done what Em needed, created an album with commercial appeal - but one with enough quality to win back his credibility with the heads.
Buy it now, and get the excellent bonus disc free.
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on 17 January 2003
I was given this album, as I am a huge Eminem fan. I was a little apprehensive at first due to the collection of artists, but after listening to it I found that it is amazing! It is an album which is very easy to listen to, even if you are not a hip hop fan. The beats make it accessible to most people. 50 cents "Wanksta" is a very catchy tune. All I can say is that the other artists definitely do Em justice. Do yourself a favour, and experiment a this album!!
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on 20 November 2002
The single 'Lose Yourself' opens the album brilliantly, with the other Eminem tracks as good as any of his previous work. Obie Trice and 50 Cent show us the future of the Aftermath record label is looking good, with Obie's 'Rap Name' on the bonus CD one of the best rap songs I've heard in a while. New songs from Jay-Z, Xzibit and D-12 would easily fit onto their respective albums with ease.
Eminem is definately one of the hottest producers around, to go along with being the best lyricist. Some of the beats on the soundtrack are hot!
Macy Gray and Boomkat provide some lighter songs away from the Hip-Hop beats.
The Final track Rabbit Run sees Eminem at his lyrical best, with a single versed song lasting 3 mins.
Hope the film is as good!!
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on 12 May 2014
If your looking for a cd to go along with the 8 mile feel this will not give you all you wont but some songs give you that 8 mile feel like run rabbit run, lose yourself, u wanna be me, 8 mile, rakim, and spit shine. if you like obie trice then you will love all his songs on here. Also this come with two cds one with all the 16 songs listed and another with 6 more songs on here and i have to say rap name is the best song on the second disc. I was pleasantly surprised when i opened the cd to find the second cd. rap game, 8 miles and running, adrenalin rush, love me, battle are also great songs .
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on 28 January 2003
Loved the film, but the opening track on the film is Shook Ones Part II by Mobb Deep and it is a BANGING tune which is nowhere to be found on the sound track?! It also features as the final tune that Rabbit battles to in the film. There is another Mobb Deep song also featured in the film which again is not on the sound track. After seeing the film I was thinking I must get the sound track as the film had some kicking tunes in it . . . but seeing as the best ones are not even on the Sound track I don't think I'll bother as its not a true representation of the film but more a show case for new Aftermath artists!
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