Eminem Announces ‘8 Mile’ 20th Anniversary Soundtrack

Rap icon Eminem has revealed that the famous 2002 soundtrack 8 miles will get a 20th anniversary release. Notably, the film was released on November 8, 2002 and told the semi-autobiographical story of Eminem and his Detroit early life and career, featuring the rap battles that helped establish his name.

With Anthony Mackie, Kim Basinger and the late Brittany Murphy, 8 miles is one of the highest rated hip-hop films ever released, grossing over $240m (£207m) worldwide.

As well as opening everyone’s eyes to a part of America few knew about at the time, the film also reflected Eminem’s acting talents, with director Curtis Hanson also led the revered LA Confidential saying, “Marshall gave me everything a director could ask of an actor – enormous talent, focus, dedication and total commitment to the story we were trying to tell. He came to work with humility, respect and tremendous self-discipline.

Duly, Eminem excitedly shared the news of the soundtrack‘s anniversary release on Twitter last week, alongside a montage of clips from the film. “‘I’m still here yelling ‘f*** the free world’,” he wrote in reference to a line from 8 miles. “8Mile 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the Original Soundtrack drops to streaming Friday!”

The new deluxe edition of the disc will contain the instrumentals of each song, as well as a demo of its most famous track, “Lose Yourself”. The song made history when it won Best Original Song at the Oscars in 2003, as it was the first rap song to do so. He went on to win Best Rap Song and Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the Grammys the following year. It was also Eminem’s first number one hit.

The soundtrack was first released in October 2002 and features a host of other rap heroes such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rakim, Nas and Gang Starr.

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