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8 Mile [Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture]

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Various Artists 10/29/2002

Review

This may be the soundtrack for Eminem's movie debut, but don't think of 8 Mile of as an Eminem album, because it's not. It's a soundtrack and plays like a soundtrack, with many cuts from current stars and new artists (several associated with Eminem's fledgling Shady imprint), plus a couple of previously released tracks, most of it very high quality, whether it's a hard-hitting Jay-Z, a sultry Macy Gray, or Taryn Manning's Boomkat's sexy slow burn "Wasting My Time." Sure, there's a couple of tracks that fall flat -- Young Zee and Obie Trice feel strained -- but it all flows well, and it's all strong. But it's also all overshadowed by four blindingly great new songs from Eminem (four and a half, if you count his show-stealing appearance on D-12's "Rap Game"), all illustrating a step forward from The Eminem Show, even if they work a familiar pseudo-biographical ground. What impresses is not just the wordplay and delivery, but the music itself -- fuller, richer than anything on his previous records, appropriately cinematic in scope and pushing Eminem toward new heights. The opening track and first single "Lose Yourself" is easily equaled by the title song with its layered pianos, while "Rabbit Run" is nearly as good. Hearing these, it's hard not to greedily hunger for a full album of this, but the soundtrack is excellent as is and these new Eminem cuts make it a necessary purchase. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lose Yourself Various Artists 5:17
  3. 2 Love Me Various Artists 4:29
  4. 3 8 Mile Various Artists 5:57
  5. 4 Adrenaline Rush Various Artists 3:48
  6. 5 Places to Go Various Artists 4:13
  7. 6 Rap Game Various Artists 5:53
  8. 7 8 Miles and Runnin' Various Artists 4:8
  9. 8 Spit Shine Various Artists 3:38
  10. 9 Time of My Life Various Artists 4:19
  11. 10 U Wanna Be Me Various Artists 3:49
  12. 11 Wanksta 50 Cent 3:37
  13. 12 Wasting My Time Various Artists 3:36
  14. 13 R.A.K.I.M. Various Artists 4:22
  15. 14 That's My N**** Fo' Real Young Zee 4:43
  16. 15 Battle Various Artists 2:54
  17. 16 Rabbit Run Various Artists 3:7

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