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Jackson Sawa | August 23, 2018 9:53 pm

8 Mile Helped Put Eminem On The Map

Universal Studios and Dreamworks
Universal Studios and Dreamworks

Released in 2002, 8 Mileis a musical drama starring Eminem as himself. Directed and written by Curtis Hanson, the film is loosely based on Eminem’s experience as a young white rapper and his struggles trying to make a name for himself in a genre where he is the clear minority.

The film gets its title from 8 Mile Road, the highway that separates predominantly African American Detroit and the white suburbs of Wayne County. Upon its release, the film was a success and even won Eminem the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” arguably Eminem’s most popular track to date.