8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

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8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)[1]
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 68:13
More Music from 8 Mile cover
More Music from 8 Mile.jpg
Singles from 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
  1. "Lose Yourself"
    Released: September 17, 2002
  2. "Rap Name"
    Released: October 22, 2002
  3. "Wanksta"
    Released: November 5, 2002[2]
  4. "8 Mile"
    Released: December 15, 2002

8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the official soundtrack to the 2002 movie of the same name. The album, performed by various artists, was released under Shady Records. It spawned the hit single "Lose Yourself" by 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 2Pac, who would be the subject of a documentary with a soundtrack produced by Eminem, who also produced a posthumous album by 2Pac. 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. Both albums were also made available in censored versions, removing most of the strong language and sexual and violent content.


The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart that year with over 702,000 copies sold in the 1st week and 510,000 sold in the 2nd week also finishing the year as the 5th best-selling album of 2002 with US sales of over 3.4 million. As of July 2013, it has sold 4,922,000 albums in the U.S.[3] As of January 2016, the soundtrack has sold 11,000,000 worldwide. [4]

It debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart with sales of 45, 000 copies.[5] It also reached #1 on the UK Compilations Chart Australian ARIAnet Albums Chart. It featured Eminem's worldwide chart-topping single, "Lose Yourself".

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic74/100 [6]
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[8]
NME7/10 [9]
Uncut4/5 stars [10]
Q Magazine4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]
Empire Magazine4/5 stars[13]

Content and censorship[edit]

The clean version of the 8 Mile soundtrack removes most of the strong language and sexual and violent content. The only word left uncensored on the soundtrack, is the word "ass" (except on "Places to Go" by 50 Cent, where the word "ass" is used twice, but the word was only censored once). No other words are uncensored on the clean version of "8 Mile".

"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 featuring 50 Cent in Proof's 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. A very rare version of "Rap Game" can be heard and found on the internet, which the words "White House" and "Cheney" are left uncensored. In "Rabbit Run" by Eminem, the word "fuck" was left uncensored once in the clean version of the soundtrack. In "Love Me" by Obie Trice, Eminem and 50 Cent, the word "goddamn" is left uncensored in 50 Cent's verse.

Track listing[edit]

8 Mile[edit]

1."Lose Yourself" (Eminem)
  • Eminem
  • Jeff Bass[a]
2."Love Me" (Eminem, Obie Trice and 50 Cent)
3."8 Mile" (Eminem)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
4."Adrenaline Rush" (Obie Trice)Rusk a/k/a Spyda3:48
5."Places to Go" (50 Cent)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • Jackson
6."Rap Game" (D12 featuring 50 Cent)
  • Eminem
  • Porter
7."8 Miles and Runnin'" (Jay-Z featuring Freeway)Eminem4:08
8."Spit Shine" (Xzibit)Porter3:39
9."Time of My Life" (Macy Gray)
  • Ross
  • John Gamble
  • Elizondo[b]
10."U Wanna Be Me" (Nas)3:50
11."Wanksta" (50 Cent)
12."Wasting My Time" (Boomkat)
  • K. Manning
  • Martin Pradler
13."R.A.K.I.M." (Rakim)
14."That's My Nigga fo' Real" (Young Zee)
  • Ross
  • Gamble
15."Battle" (Gang Starr)2:56
16."Rabbit Run" (Eminem)
  • Mathers
  • Resto

More Music from 8 Mile[edit]

1."Shook Ones (Part II)" (Mobb Deep)
  • Johnson
  • Muchita
Mobb Deep5:26
2."Juicy" (The Notorious B.I.G.)
3."Gotta Get Mine" (MC Breed and 2Pac)
4."Feel Me Flow" (Naughty by Nature)Naughty by Nature3:34
5."Player's Ball" (OutKast)Organized Noize4:53
6."Get Money" (Junior M.A.F.I.A.)EZ Elpee4:34
7."I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" (Method Man and Mary J. Blige)RZA3:45
8."Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Ol' Dirty Bastard)RZA2:41
9."Bring the Pain" (Method Man)
10."C.R.E.A.M." (Wu-Tang Clan)RZA4:12
11."Runnin'" (The Pharcyde)Jay Dee4:56
12."Survival of the Fittest" (Mobb Deep)
  • Johnson
  • Muchita
Mobb Deep3:43


  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies an co-producer

Other songs[edit]

  • These songs did appear in the film but were not released on any soundtrack:
  1. "Last Dayz" by Onyx
  2. "Time's Up" by O.C.
  3. "Unbelievable" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. "Insane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill
  6. "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan
  7. "Gang Stories" by South Central Cartel
  8. "Who Shot Ya?" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  9. "Temptations (song)" by 2Pac
  10. "Next Level (Nyte Time Mix)" by Showbiz & A.G.
  11. "Player's Anthem" by Junior M.A.F.I.A.
  12. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" by Wu-Tang Clan

Eminem has earned praise from hip-hop producers[15] and pundits[16][17][18] for including authentic, era-appropriate beats in the film, despite the expense associated with clearance relative to original music bearing a similar sound.[19]

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Peak position
2002 Billboard 200 1
Japan Oricon albums chart[20] 1
2003 Billboard 200 1
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Greek Albums Chart[21] 1
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[22] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Billboard 200[23] 33
Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard 200[24] 7


Year Single Chart Peak position
2002 "Lose Yourself" The Billboard Hot 100 1
Mainstream Top 40 1
Hot Rap Tracks 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 1
2003 "Wanksta" The Billboard Hot 100 13
Hot Rap Tracks 3
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 4
"8 Mile" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 54


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[26] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[28] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Gold 21,281[29]
France (SNEP)[30] Platinum 300,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[31] Platinum 20,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[32] Gold 10,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[33] 3× Platinum 600,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[37] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] 2× Platinum 682,224[40]
United States (RIAA)[41] 4× Platinum 4,922,000[3]
Europe (IFPI)[42] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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