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8 Mile -- A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.


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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eminem ... Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith

Kim Basinger ... Stephanie Smith

Mekhi Phifer ... David 'Future' Porter

Brittany Murphy ... Alex

Evan Jones ... Cheddar Bob

Omar Benson Miller ... Sol George

De'Angelo Wilson ... DJ Iz

Eugene Byrd ... Wink

Taryn Manning ... Janeane
Larry Hudson ... Bouncer

Proof ... Lil' Tic
Mike Bell ... Shorty Mike
DJ Head ... Battle DJ

Michael Shannon ... Greg Buehl

Chloe Greenfield ... Lily Smith
Mary Hannigan ... Mrs. Helgeland

Anthony Mackie ... Papa Doc
Strike ... Lyckety-Splyt
Nashawn 'Ox' Breedlove ... Lotto
Na'Keya Snoddy ... Papa Doc's Girl

Malik Barnhardt ... Moochie
Day Golfin ... Day
Allen Adams ... Omar
Hom ... Parking Lot Rapper #1
Obie Trice ... Parking Lot Rapper #2
Njeri Earth ... Parking Lot Rapper #3
Jennifer Kitchen ... Willing Girl
Kyla Womack ... Alex's Friend
Melissa Zaglanikzny ... Christine
Rockey Black ... Rocky
Craig Chandler ... Paul

Paul Bates ... Manny
Miz-Korona ... Female Lunch Truck Rapper

Xzibit ... Male Lunch Truck Rapper

Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... Joe Lee Patton
Steven Monroe ... Plant Worker
John Smith Jr. ... Lobby Security Guard
Venicia Foreman ... WJLB Receptionist
Waverly W. Alford II ... Big O
Bushman ... WJLB Disc Jockey
Adam Brook ... Roy Darucher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Daniels ... Chin Tiki Club Goer (uncredited)
Stephen Detherage ... Diner #1 (uncredited)
Karin Dicker ... Sarah Jane - Age 8 (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brandon T. Jackson ... Chin Tiki Club Goer (uncredited)

Jason Jarchow ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tracey Kroll ... Shelter Nightclub Goer (uncredited)
Kei Leong ... Shelter Nightclub Goer (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Annie Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Russell Rabb ... Bathroom Thug (uncredited)
Jerry Reid ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Nickola Shreli ... Extra (uncredited)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (archive sound) (uncredited)

Sara Stokes ... Girl in Crowd (uncredited)
Steve Van Hee ... Chin Tiki Club Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Hanson 
Writing credits
Scott Silver (written by)

Produced by
Carol Fenelon .... executive producer
Gregory Goodman .... executive producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Curtis Hanson .... producer
Jimmy Iovine .... producer
Stuart Parr .... co-producer
Paul Rosenberg .... executive producer
James Whitaker .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
Film Editing by
Craig Kitson 
Jay Rabinowitz 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Philip Messina 
Art Direction by
Kevin Kavanaugh 
Set Decoration by
Kristen Toscano Messina 
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
Makeup Department
Matiki Anoff .... key makeup artist
Jane English .... body makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Camille Friend .... key hair stylist
Erma Kent .... hair stylist supervisor
Winnye Knight .... assistant makeup artist
Donald Mowat .... makeup supervisor
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Ms. Bassinger
Mitchell Stone .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger
Kymber Blake .... daily assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Kimberly Jones .... daily assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Kimberley Kirkpatrick .... daily assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Brandi Mitchell .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger (uncredited)
Production Management
Mary Courtney .... unit production manager (as Mary J. Courtney)
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Zane Weiner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director (as Eric N. Heffron)
Michael J. Moore .... second assistant director (as Michael Moore)
David K. Riebel .... second second assistant director (as David Riebel)
Jason Cox .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas Betts .... set designer
Mike Bomar .... set painter
Richard Boris .... head greensman
Shane Buckallew .... plaster foreman (as Shane R. Buckallew)
John Bullard .... gang boss propmaker
Sophie Carlhian .... set decorating buyer
William Rob Chalk .... set dressing foreman
Darien N. D'Alfonso .... scenic artist
Keni Davis .... signwriter
Bill Duffin .... gang boss propmaker
Michael Jon Duffin .... gang boss propmaker (as Michael Duffin)
Louie Esparza .... set painter (as Louie Esparza Jr.)
Robert Fidalgo .... labor foreman (as Robert Fildalgo)
Gerard Forrest .... construction foreman
Hank Giardina .... paint supervisor
William Gideon .... construction foreman (as William W.Gideon)
Nickolas Gilbert .... set dresser (as Nikolas A. Gilbert)
Aaron C. Holden Jr. .... assistant property master
Bruce Johnson .... set painter (as Bruce L. Johnson)
Bryan Johnson .... set painter (as Bryan C. Johnson)
Elizabeth Keenan .... set dresser
Bud Kucia .... welder
Charles Lawson .... set dresser (as Charles E. Lawson)
Steven B. Melton .... property master
Joe Miller .... propmaker (as Joseph Miller)
John Moore .... construction buyer
Mary O'Brien .... set painter (as Mary M. O'Brien)
Harry E. Otto .... set designer
Jim Paniagua .... construction toolman
Larry Paulus .... propmaker (as Lawrence Paulus)
Troy Alan Peters .... set dresser (as Troy Peters)
Beth Peterson .... set dresser
Paul Richards .... leadman
Neil Rust .... set painter
Jerry Sanders .... set dresser
Robert Schleinig .... set dresser
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Dale Snyder .... gang boss propmaker
Nicole Sylvester .... art department coordinator (as Nicole C. Sylvester)
Joshua Weil .... set painter (as Joshua T. Weil)
Tracy Turner Weil .... set painter (as Tracy S. Weil)
Paul Williamson .... set dresser (as Paul M. Williamson)
Curtis Yackel .... gang boss propmaker
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Rolfe D. Bergsman .... set designer (uncredited)
Kevin Dalton .... conceptual artists (uncredited)
Marc Gabbana .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Brad Good .... props (uncredited)
Guy Hietala .... painter gang boss (uncredited)
Melody Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Mark Robert Taylor .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Adrian .... sound effects editor
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Ron Bartlett .... re-recording mixer
Eric Bretter .... sound recordist
Stephanie Brown .... assistant sound editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Gail Carroll-Coe .... utility sound technician
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
William R. Dean .... assistant sound editor (as Bill R. Dean)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Julia Evershade .... supervising sound editor
Stephanie Flack .... supervising dialogue editor
Paul Hackner .... assistant sound editor
Eddie Kim .... assistant sound editor
Mark R. La Pointe .... sound recordist (as Mark Lapointe)
Andrew Lackey .... supervising foley editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Danny Michael .... production sound mixer
Joe Milner .... sound effects editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Mark Smith .... re-recording mixer
Thom Brennan .... foley editor (uncredited)
Christopher Eakins .... sound effects (uncredited)
John Marquis .... sound effects (uncredited)
Noel McIntosh .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
James Azizi Penny .... group adr (uncredited)
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Baker .... special effects assistant
Sam Barkan .... special effects assistant
Ryan Evans .... special effects assistant
Rodman Kiser .... special effects foreman
Frank Krenmuller .... special effects assistant (as Frank R. Krenmuller)
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Don Parson .... special effects assistant
Thomas J. Ridgen .... special effects assistant (as Thomas Rigden)
John Rigden .... special effects assistant
Michael Kay .... special effects technician (uncredited)
David Waszak .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
John R. Ellis .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Clayton J. Barber .... stunt double (as Clayton Barber)
David Barrett .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Kofi Elam .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Willie Green .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
John 'Punch' Lewis .... stunts (as John Lewis)
Richard Lexsee .... stunts
Larry C. Tankson .... stunts (as Larry Tankson)
T.J. White .... stunts (as Terence James White)
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double: Marshall Mathers (uncredited)
T.J. White .... stunt double: Michael Shannon (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark David Adler .... video assist technician (as Mark Adler)
Michael W. Anderson .... lighting technician
Robby Baumgartner .... chief lighting technician (as Robert Baumgartner)
Carl Blair .... grip
Glenn Brown .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Matt Cantu .... rigging electrician
Jesse Cecchini .... rigging electrician
Michael J. Conner .... lighting technician
Dave De Brincat .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as David DeBrincat)
Michael Duarte .... grip (as Michael R. Duarte)
Brad Fanfalone .... camera loader
Ryan Floyd .... grip
Donald Glenn .... dolly grip (as Don Glenn)
Ron Glenn .... second company grip
Joel Hale .... rigging electrician (as Joel T. Hale)
Brad Irvin .... lighting technician (as Brad J. Irvin)
Gary Jay .... camera operator
Glenn Kaplan .... second assistant camera (as Glenn D. Kaplan)
Mark Karavite .... Steadicam operator
Brian Kelly .... grip
Michael Kelly .... lighting technician
Dean M. King .... first company grip (as Dean King)
Kenneth E. King .... grip (as Kenny King)
Brad Knopf .... rigging electrician (as Bradley A. Knopf)
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... lighting technician (as Dave Lukasik)
Patrick Pask .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Patrick J. Pask)
Todd 'Chin' Piepenbrok .... best boy rigging grip
Eli Reed .... still photographer
Jim Rogers .... lighting technician
Tom Rondot .... electrician
Anthony 'Spike' Simms .... rigging gaffer (as Anthony Simms)
Bill Summers .... grip
Don Sustrich .... grip
Peter Walts .... assistant chief lighting technician
Scott Zuckerberg .... rigging electrician (as Scott D. Zuckerberg)
Trevor Carroll-Coe .... film loader (uncredited)
Michael Chamberlain .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
William Eichler .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Scott Ghrist .... lighting assistant (uncredited)
Paul A. Hardiman .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Matthew Haskins .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Chris Milani .... electrician (uncredited)
Vinny Walsh .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mindy Bazar .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Stacy Opalewski .... casting assistant (as Stacey A. Opalewski)
Sharat Raju .... casting assistant
David Rapaport .... casting assistant
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
Taryn Shick .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Casey .... costume supervisor (as John C. Casey)
Lizzie Cook .... costumer
Alix Friedberg .... costumer
Sukari McGill .... costumer
Donna O'Neal .... costumer: Ms. Basinger
Christine Orth .... key costumer
Barnaby Smith .... costumer
Marianna Harrison .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Bernadine Vida .... costume stitcher (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Peter Bernardo .... assistant editor
Steve Bowen .... digital color timer
Aaron Brock .... assistant editor
M. Wilson Burdorff .... post-production assistant
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Richard Conkling .... first assistant editor: film
Liza D. Espinas .... assistant editor
Katie Hedrich .... second assistant editor
Cecilia Hyoun .... first assistant editor: avid
Matt Mayer .... first assistant editor: avid
Eric O. Schusterman .... first assistant editor: film
Angus Spottiswoode .... second assistant editor
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
Carole Cowley .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Ben Estrada .... digital colorist assistant (uncredited)
Amy Tompkins .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager
Michael J. Burmeister .... location manager
David L. Wolfson .... location manager
Nancy Haecker .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Peter Martorano .... location manager (uncredited)
David Rumble .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Bass .... song: music and lyrics by
Eminem .... additional composer
Eminem .... music arranger
Eminem .... songs: music and lyrics by
Carol Fenelon .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Steven King .... music arranger (as Steve King)
Steven King .... music engineer (as Steve King)
Deborah Mannis-Gardner .... music clearance
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Universal Pictures
Luis Resto .... additional composer
Luis Resto .... music arranger
Luis Resto .... songs: music and lyrics by
Robert Schaper .... supervising music engineer
Christopher Kaller .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
David Raymond .... music playback (uncredited)
Gary Raymond .... music playback (uncredited)
Nancy Tarr-Wager .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Linda Barnes .... driver
Larry Cumeralto .... driver
Patrick Dougherty .... transportation captain
Kenneth Fistler .... driver
John Gerhard .... driver
Norbert Grzywacz .... driver
Christian Hoerger .... driver
Vince Junkins .... transportation captain (as Vince Riggle)
Kurt Knudsen .... driver
Pat McCartney .... driver (as Patrick McCartney)
Dennis McCleod .... driver
Frank Morreale .... driver (as Francesco Morreale)
Lee Nicholson .... driver
Thomas Rexa .... driver
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Ken Stevens .... driver (as Kenneth Stevens)
Jaime Trujillo .... driver
Michael A. Williams .... driver (as Michael Williams)
Charles Wolschlager .... driver
Dave Zugaj .... driver (as David Zugaj)
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Timothy Bolt .... insert car driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Baker .... assistant: Mr. Hanson and Ms. Fenelon
Jody Beaudin .... first assistant accountant
Ralph Bertelle .... production office coordinator
Jamie Biehl .... production secretary
Joshua Bitton .... cast associate (as Joshua Biton)
Robert C. Bonnell .... production assistant
Ron Bozymowski .... production assistant
Felecia Hatcher Brown .... production assistant (as Felicia Hatcher-Brown)
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Kathleen Callahan .... craft service (as Kat Callahan)
Lanei Chapman .... adr voice: Click
Jason Cox .... production assistant (as Jason M. Cox)
Kim Crabb .... production assistant
Django Craig .... adr voice: Click
Anna Culp .... assistant: Mr. Grazer
Mike Grady .... production assistant
Shannon Hamed .... production office coordinator
Todd Havern .... production assistant
Pamela Hilse .... assistant production coordinator
Paula S. Hudson .... first aid
Anthony Jackson .... production assistant
Eric Jackson .... production assistant
Loki Jordan .... adr voice: Click
Dara Kartz .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg (as Dara Cartz)
Erin Kelly .... first aid
Marc Labelle .... logistics coordinator: Eminem
Ted Leonard .... production assistant (as Ted J. Leonard)
Tali Lipa .... production accountant
Terence Mathews .... adr voice: Click
James Maull .... post-production accountant (as James O. Maull)
Carol McConnaughey .... unit publicist
Jason McGuire .... assistant: Mr. Iovine
Roy McMullen .... production assistant
Guy Morrison .... production assistant
Hilton Napoleon .... security advisor
Lionel Nealy .... production assistant
Todd Nesbitt .... assistant: Mr. Whitaker
Liz Probst .... payroll accountant (as Elizabeth Probst)
Scott Puckett .... assistant: Mr. Goodman
Cheo Ramsey .... production assistant (as Cheo M. Ramsey)
Ginger Ramsey-Grippe .... assistant: Mr. Iovine
Miguel Ian Raya .... assistant: Mr. Grazer (as Miguel Raya)
Maria Rodriguez .... production assistant
J.T. Rogers .... production assistant
Jerrell Skinner .... production secretary
Michael A. Sluder .... production assistant
Jeffery Sudz .... production assistant
Zak Szyszko .... production assistant
Nancy Tarr-Wager .... assistant: Mr. Hanson and Ms. Fenelon
Carson Taylor .... projectionist assistant
Mark Taylor .... production assistant
Marta Tomkiw .... production assistant
Harold Turel .... dailies projectionist
Richard Turel .... dailies projectionist
Patrick Wager .... production assistant
Mitchell Waxman .... assistant: Mr. Hanson and Ms. Fenelon
Marvin Williams .... key set production assistant (as Marvin J. Williams Jr.)
Dawn Zoltek .... production assistant
Steve Beattie .... stand-in: Photo double for Marshall Mathers (uncredited)
Cynthia Blaise .... dialect coach: Mekhi Phifer (uncredited)
Mark Chambers .... production safety (uncredited)
Kylee Fagan .... stand-in: "Lily" (uncredited)
Karen Golden .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Marisol Jiménez .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Arif S. Kinchen .... voice-over (uncredited)
Anthony Morrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Morrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
George A. Parker .... technical supervisor: preview (uncredited)
Jennifer Secord .... stand-in: "Alex" (uncredited)
Aricka Shuck .... photo double (uncredited)
Aricka Shuck .... photo double: Kim Basinger (uncredited)
Greg Teasdale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Van Hee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Zambeck .... production assistant (uncredited)
Craig G .... special thanks
Maurice Malone .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The title is a reference to 8 Mile Road, which separates Detroit from seven northern suburbs. Eminem grew up near 8 Mile Road and filmed parts of his "The Way I Am" video there.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When B-Rabbit and Alex are having sex in the factory, they separate for a few seconds and someone appears to run past in the background. That's actually Alex's arm moving.See more »
Cheddar Bob:Yo B, they're calling your name.See more »
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176 out of 229 people found the following review useful.
A warm reception for Eminem fans everywhere, 9 November 2002
Author: dee.reid from United States

"8 Mile" is the new film that features controversial rapper Eminem in his first starring role. The film itself is loosely based on his life growing up in Detroit. Eminem plays Jimmy Smith, Jr. a.k.a. "Rabbit", a young man who is struggling to make things better for himself through "battles", which are freestyling rap contests that are usually held at a local nightclub. Rabbit chokes when it is his turn to take the microphone for the first time. His best friend, Future (Mekhi Phifer) is the host of these battles and strongly believes Rabbit has potential, but the problem is that Future often makes his decisions before consulting with Rabbit first. Rabbit's home life is not much better. He's broke, has no place to live, he's stuck in a dead-end job at a steel mill, and his girlfriend Janeane (Taryn Manning) has fooled him into thinking that she is pregnant. Rabbit's mother (Kim Basinger), is on the verge of being evicted from her home and is slutting around with a man who is about the same age as her son. Things in Rabbit's life take a turn for the better when he later falls in love with Alex (Brittany Murphy), an aspiring young woman who dreams of becoming a model and moving to New York to start life a new.

"8 Mile" certainly is a moving and very touching drama. Eminem proves here that he really can act and in fact may have a future in motion pictures. This does not mean we will be hearing him thanking his producer Paul Rosenberg next year at the Oscars, but we can expect to him to receive a lot of praise for future movie roles. It's quite obvious that some people will not like "8 Mile", just because of Eminem's controversial history. The film also has one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a long time. Eminem's hit single "Lose Yourself" really does have a lot emotion put into it.

Eminem, since he burst onto the music scene in 1999 with his critically-acclaimed/lambasted album "The Slim Shady LP", he has been met with a lot of controversy, as well as praise. Despite the often humorous content of his songs, there are many dark under tones in them as well. In my opinion, too much has been made about his lyrics, most of which revolve around topics like homophobia, murder, and his failed relationship with his on/off wife, Kim. Despite all of this, I think that people have overlooked the fact that he said the only thing that truly matters to him is his daughter, Hailie Jade. Also, if people believed Eminem really was a homophobic, do you still think he would have agreed to perform "Stan" with Elton John?

As a longtime fan of Eminem and his music, I try not to let such criticisms get to me, but sometimes you just have to say "What the hell? Are they really necessary?" I don't think so. The problem is that people today are just too biased when it comes to people like Eminem. He's not another Vanilla Ice and "8 Mile" is not an attempt to cash in on his success like "Cool As Ice" was.

I have a list of grievances that people need to realize about Eminem:

- First of all, do not disrespect this man. I feel that many of the people who hate Eminem have never actually listened to one of his songs. In my opinion, they have only listened to small clips that have been played on some discussion about his controversial lyrics. If you actually listened to some of his songs, you'll realize that he is a very distraught young person with a lot to say.

- Don't watch "8 Mile" with a predetermined mindset. People who have already made up their minds about Eminem's talents are less likely to enjoy themselves much more than people who believe in him.

- To non-believers, if Eminem really did not have any talent, like so many people seem to think now, how is it that all of his records: "The Slim Shady LP", "The Marshall Mathers LP", "Devils Night" (with group D-12) and "The Eminem Show" together have grossed more than $12 million? I think that it is a clear sign of TRUE TALENT.

- Also do you believe had Eminem been black and rapping about such "controversial" subject matter, that he would be famous like he is now? No, because most likely no one would dare even produce him. That said, I'm African-American and I don't care that Eminem is white and is rapping about such things.

- I think that too many people have made his race too big of an issue. Eminem knows that he is white and will be nothing else. He does not display to us a "thuggish" image that some people think that any rapper should have. Also, he does not rap about the things that some people seem to think is destroying rap music.

Eminem does have quite a future in store for him. I'm sure that we can expect to be seeing a lot more of him later on.

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