Various Artists (Hip Hop)
8 Mile OST


4.0
excellent

Review

by Onewaytrip2hell USER (4 Reviews)
December 27th, 2006 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 8 Mile is one of the best soundtracks recorded, with great rappers, and really should be more popular. Artists stretch from brand new rappers(at the time) like Obie Trice and 50, Eminem, and legends.

Back in 2002, famous rapper Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, also known as Marshall Mathers, also known once as M & M, had a popular movie called 8 Mile. After a triple platinum album, a 9 platinum, and an 8 platinum album, a movie made Eminem even more popular. He was probably already the most popular celebrity back in 2000, with his massive album, The Marshall Mathers LP. Though the movie did rather well, the album deserves more liking than it gets, and is vastly underrated. With such a great collection of artists, featuring tracks from Eminem of course, and even a few songs from legends such as Nas or Rakim, it should be quite loved. More people need to listen to it; apparently people don't even listen to soundtracks by great artists like these. It also introduced the world to 50 Cent and Obie Trice, who are also great, and Em's group, D12 has a song on it.

With so many different artists, it's kind of hard not to mention all songs, but I'll try to just mention the best. All of Eminem's tracks that appear on this album have simple, dark, heavy, yet catchy hood-like beats. Three out of the four are rather inspiring. The other, Love Me, has 50 Cent and Obie Trice appearing, making a ballad about women, perhaps the building blocks of Spend Some Time. It has a female-sung chorus, which is rather catchy and different than most of Eminem's songs, and Obie probably delivers the most memorable verse of the song, sounding kind of pissed off, and delivering the lyrics in a hard-hitting way. Em's verse is also quite good, and somewhat angry. 50 Cent's verse isn't particularly memoerable, but it is good, and gets everything done that it needs to. Overall, the song is good, but not the best.

The opening track is Eminem, and Eminem only(as are his other two songs), and it contains some precious Eminem work, that's for sure. Lose Yourself is sadly the only single the album had, but it is deserving of that spot. All throughout, the beat, though dark and heavy, is great, and Eminem's lyrics fuse straight through you. They are given no mercy, and it sounds as though Eminem is so motivated in the song, that it seems as though he does not plan to end it. He solidly raps about how his life is hard, and sucks, yet he simply cannot give up, and has to get to his dreams. As I cannot even describe how much emotion he pours into it, you need to listen to it for yourself(also just for the fact that it owns).

After Love Me, it's more solo Eminem. It is the title track of the album, 8 Mile, and is in close competition with Lose Yourself for best song on the album. This song is about how Eminem has grown up, and needs to get across 8 Mile Road, and get to a better place so he can attempt to go somewhere with his life. It starts with a trainhorn, when the loud, heavy beat blasts in. The beat blends perfectly with the lyrics, and it makes for quite a strong song.

The final Eminem song to appear, and the last on the album, is Rabbit Run, and though it is also classic, it does not quite make it to the strength of Eminem's other two motivational tracks. It is about three minutes long, and has no chorus, yet just gets louder until it ends. Eminem lets all of his emotions out during the song. Like the other three he completely paints a picture with his amazing lyrics.

50 Cent's Wanksta has a great, unusual beat. The lyrics dis pretty hard. The song stays solid all the way through, and it was a great choice for the soundtrack. The other song of 50's included is pretty good, yet it doesn't quite deserve a mention. The other introduced artist, Obie Trice, gives us another excellent song. It has a large amount of anger, and is called Adrenaline Rush. Damn, it sounds like Obie had an adrenaline rush when he recorded this. The chorus is a burst of loud profanity and violence, the lyrics are pissed, you can hear the anger in his voice, and the beat is that of a loud marching drum. Definately a highlight.

One of the legends to appear, Nas, gives a violent, intense song. The beat is literally scary, and he says that anyone pissed just wants to be him, hence the title U Wanna Be Me. Another hard dis track, and another highlight. Some of the lyrics are so violent that they are also scary. The chorus and the flow/beats during it are unlike anything I've ever heard before, and all of these things make the song a highlight.

The D12 song, Rap Game, features 50 Cent, who gives an excellent chorus. The beat is unusual, yet great, and 50 and Em's verses especially own. The words come at you so fast and loud, after it starts out soft and slow, that they go right through your ears, before you hardly have a chance to think about them. Even Bizarre is kind of fast, and pretty good. It takes a lot for Bizarre to be good, and even more for him to be fast. But both at the same time? Damn. As always, though, his lyrics are hilarious.

The two tracks that do not fit in, are Time Of My Life, and Wasting My Time. They are both by female singers, and as apposed to being rap, they are quite soft, and slow. Time Of My Life sounds far too upbeat, so that it gets annoying, and for some reason seems to drag on. However, Boomkat's song(Wasting My Time), is actually fairly good, though it's typically not my style. She has a beautiful voice, and the song is somewhat relaxing. Both are sort of R&B style, though one is far better. Neither are quite highlights, but it least one is good. I wish that they would have replaced Macy Gray's(Time Of My Life) with a Dre track or something(I was disappointed it didn't have one of his tracks), or if it has to be that style, maybe some Dido or something.

I was satisfied with the fact that it has such a great collection of artists, and the Shady tracks are some of his best ever. If you want lots of good rappers, with few weak tracks, and few that aren't great, I would definately reccomend getting this.

The 3 worst are there just because I have 3 best. Only one is actually bad.

3 Best:
1. Lose Yourself
2. 8 Mile
3. Rabbit Run

3 Worst:
1. Time Of My Life
2. That's My Nigga Fo' Real
3. Battle


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Onewaytrip2hell
December 27th 2006


508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hope this redeems my last review(BSSM). I plan to rewrite that one soon, to attempt to completly redeem myself. I'm still embarassed of that review... Anyway, tell me if this sucks or it's great, please vote. Edit: I can't figure out how to get the album art to stay. I put it in, but it's just not there. Could someone please tell me how to get it there? Thanks.This Message Edited On 12.27.06

drumboy69
December 27th 2006


18 Comments


I think your Review is good, even though i despise Eminem.

northerncomfort
December 27th 2006


106 Comments


The eminem songs on this are awesome, especially lose yourself. The rest is pretty forgetabble though. Good review.

metallicaman8
December 27th 2006


4677 Comments


Haha, I think I actually have this cd for some reason.

Nifty review.

The Jungler
December 27th 2006


4827 Comments


Review was pretty good, though it got kind of confusing/hard to read in areas. This sounds like it could be a good Soundtrack.

Onewaytrip2hell
December 27th 2006


508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^Yeah, you should get it. It is really good. Thanks for the compliments and votes guys. I may edit this, to try and make it easier to read. And thanks to whoever fixed the album and artwork.This Message Edited On 12.27.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2006


16089 Comments


Good soundtrack, but "Lose Yourself" completely eclipses everything else on here, excluding maybe "Rabbit Run."

ghostface30612
June 30th 2007


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Rabbit Run' is a relentless, freestyle-like lyrical attack. The rest of the album is pretty enjoyable. I used to love this music.

MUNGOLOID
May 5th 2008


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gang Starr's Battle was one of the best songs on the soundtrack. Rakim's song was dissapointing.

kattunlover69
May 5th 2008


1194 Comments


ahh i remember rabbit..run...pure emotion right there...*goes to listen to it*

"This half ass rhyme with this half ass piece of paper, (tear)
I'm desperate at my desk if I could just get the rest,
Of this shit off my chest, again, stuck in this slum,
Cant think of nothing, fuck I'm stumped,
But wait here comes something,
Nope, it's not good enough, scribbel it out, new pad,
Krinkel it up and throw that shit out"

fucking sick ass combo of lines

willfellmarsy
September 15th 2008


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sountrack is pretty much solid throughout, with em's songs killing the others but still very enjoyable start to finish

AtavanHalen
September 15th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Even people I know that don't like hip-hop love Lose Yourself. It's that good a song.

Erratic
September 15th 2008


1120 Comments


Macy Gray looks way out of place on this.

Bleak123
September 15th 2008


1902 Comments


why has this got so much hate?

Tillius
September 28th 2008


90 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember owning this album a long time ago before all my CDs got stolen. Pretty good if I remember correctly.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2009


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mm "Lose Yourself" is just an awesome track. one of the greatest songs of all time

Hollow
April 17th 2009


263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lose Yourself and Rap Game own.

Douglas
July 12th 2010


9174 Comments


This shit rules

HalfManHalfAmazing
October 2nd 2010


613 Comments


Battle is so awesome, it's not one of the worst tracks.



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