After twenty years after the release of his 8 Mile soundtrack, rapper Eminem has decided to drop a deluxe edition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic movie and its accompanying album.
The Detroit rapper made this public on social media on Wednesday the 26th alongside a series of cuts of the 2002 rap-centered movie. “I’m still standing here screaming ‘f*** the Free World,” Em tweeted, referencing his line from the movie. “#8Mile 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack drops on streaming Friday!”
The semi-autobiographical movie directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Scott Silver stars Eminem as Jimmy Smith Rabbit, an aspiring rapper trying to make a name for himself in the bustling underground Detroit music scene. The film is partly a storyline of Eminem’s early career days as a white rapper attempting to go into hip-hop, a music genre dominated by African-Americans. The film stars others acts like Mekhi Phifer, Michael Shannon, Brittany Murphy, Anthony Mackie, and Kim Bassinger. The movie opened at No. 1 in the US with $51.3 million grossed in its opening weekend and $24.9 million worldwide.
The original version of the album 8 Mile Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture was released on October 29 alongside the movie. The album features tracks from 50 Cent, Nas, Jay Z, Rakim, and Gang Starr and spawned Eminem’s hit single Lose Yourself which became the first rap song to win Best Original Song at the 2003 Oscars and Best Male Solo Rap Performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards. It also earned Eminem his first No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.
8 Mile isn’t the only Eminem project marking a milestone this year. His phenomenal third album, The Eminem Show also turned 20 this year. Shady by releasing an expanded version featuring new songs like the Ja Rille Diss song Bump Heads with 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Llyod Banks.
The deluxe version of 8 Mile is set to drop to the public ears on October 28, 2022