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8 Mile Soundtrack Review
Posted by Ashish on 11.04.2002

Itís safe to say that few artists on the planet are as hot as Eminem is right now. The Eminem Show has been met with critical praise while also establishing itself as one of the top selling albums of the year. And now, Eminem is set to take on Hollywood with a film roughly based on his life, 8 Mile.

The soundtrack for the heavily anticipated film has been equally anticipated, largely due to the smash-hit single, Lose Yourself. The soundtrack features 16 cuts (and most of the albums also come with a second CD that features tracks from other Shady Records artists) and Eminem takes executive producer credits for everything.

The disc features an all-star cast of hip-hop acts including Eminem (of course), Xzibit, D12, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Gangstarr, Rakim, and more. With such talented emcees on the bill, itís not surprising that this soundtrack may go down as one of the best hip-hop soundtracks ever, rivaling classics such as The Wash, The Show, and Gang Related.

The album wastes no time, delivering the hit Lose Yourself as the first track. The song is basically as close to a ballad as Eminem will ever get. It is a very hot, adrenaline-laced track. It also continues Eminemís recent trend of putting out tracks with more of a meaning.

Eminem has 4 tracks on the album, with the hottest being Rabbit Run, the conclusion to the set. The entire track is basically one long verse rhymed out by Eminem in battle mode. It is one of the most lyrically impressive tracks of the year and one that everyone should go out of their way to hear. Eminemís other jams, Love Me (featuring Obie Trice & 50 Cent) and 8 Mile are both top notch songs, as is just about everything Eminem puts out. 8 Mile really stands out with an amazing beat and story that will hook you in and really paint an amazing picture for the listener.

50 Cent, one of Eminemís Shady Records members, does a good job of delivering a nice, unique sound here. Wanksta features a hot beat that really compliments 50 Centís unique, smooth style.

The Jay-Z track, 8 Miles and Runniní (featuring Freeway) is a great track for Jay-Z fans and would make a hot second single for this soundtrack since it has a very catchy hook that could blow up with radio play.

Xzibit, another amazing emcee, spits some hot verses in his track, Spit Shine, which is basically a vehicle to just show off his flow. It isnít the type of cut that would become a #1 hit, but it is the type of cut that real hip-hop fans will appreciate.

The album seems to lose some focus towards the end, especially with Macy Grayís Time of My Life. The track itself is not bad, but just does not fit in with the rest of the set and really seems to interrupt things more than compliment them.

The Nas track, U Wanna Be Me, and Rakimís R.A.K.I.M. are two more excellent tracks that real hip-hop fans will appreciate. To the naysayers, yes, Rakim still has it. However, another one of the albumís real highlights is Gangstarrís Battle. DJ Premier places an amazing beat and Guru returns to top form with some of his best verses in awhile.

The 411: This is an amazing album that puts together some of hip-hopís biggest stars (Eminen, Jay-Z, Nas, Xzibit) with up-and-comers (50 Cent, Obie Trice) and throws in some legends for good measure (Rakim, Gangstarr). It is just about a perfect hip-hop soundtrack, and Em deserves a lot of credit for getting together such an amazing group and getting so much out of all of them. Everyone brings their A game here and, with the exception of the misplaced Macy Gray track, this album is highly recommended. Eminem has really matured as a rapper over the past few years, and this album exemplifies not only that, but it also shows how much he has matured as a producer and recording executive.
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Final Score:  9.0   [  Amazing ]  legend


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