Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile is the official soundtrack to the 2002 movie 8 Mile. The album, performed by various artists, was released under Shady Records. It spawned the hit single "Lose Yourself" by American rapper Eminem, who also stars in the semi-autobiographical movie. The album also spawned a follow up soundtrack, More Music from 8 Mile, consisting of songs that appear in the film and were released as singles during the film's time setting of 1995. One of the songs was performed by Tupac Shakur, who would be the subject of a documentary with a soundtrack produced by Eminem, who also produced a posthumous album by Tupac. The album also features four songs by the Wu-Tang Clan and its members, and two songs by Mobb Deep, who eventually signed to G-Unit Records, headed by Shady Records artist 50 Cent. Both albums were also made available in censored versions, removing most of the strong profanity and violent content.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S.Billboard 200 Albums Chart that year with over 702,000 copies sold and 507,000 sold in the second week also finishing the year as the fifth best-selling album of 2002 with US sales of 3.4 million, despite only two months of release. As of March 2012, it has sold more than 4,854,000 albums. It debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart with sales of 44,500 copies. It also reached #1 on the UK Compilations Chart AustralianARIAnet Albums Chart. It featured Eminem's worldwide chart-topping single, "Lose Yourself".
The clean version of the "8 Mile" soundtrack removes most of the profanity and violent content. The only word left uncensored on the soundtrack, is the word "ass" (except on "Places To Go", where the word "ass" is used twice, but the word was only censored once). No other words (e.g., "bitch", "shit" and "goddamn") are uncensored on the clean version of "8 Mile". Track 14, "That's My Nigga Fo' Real", by rapper Young Zee, is listed as "That's My ***** Fo' Real" on the clean version. In Rap Game by D12 feat. 50 Cent in Proofs verse the word "shit" is uncensored (even on the clean version) and in Eminem's verse the words White House and Cheney are censored on both Edited and Explicit versions