With the first single, Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” already getting heavy radio spins, the soundtrack to “8 Mile” has just wrapped up production.
Em, who stars in the movie (see “Eminem Fuels Romance Rumors, Fights Acting Jitters On ’8 Mile’ Set” ) and donated three new songs to the soundtrack, also produced much of the album, which includes Jay-Z, Rakim, Nas, Xzibit, D12 and Macy Gray. Em’s Shady Records signees 50 Cent and Obie Trice are featured throughout the LP as well, highlighted by a posse cut with Marshall Mathers. (Click for photos from “8 Mile.”)
According to Em’s management company, the artists on the LP kept their tunes in tune with the vibe and goings-on in the film. The Gang Starr track “Battle,” for instance, which features DJ Premier scratching on the turntables, was derived from a scene in the movie where the Shady one squares off against another verbal gladiator.
The “8 Mile” soundtrack is tentatively slated for an October 29 release.
For a full-length feature on Eminem, check out “Eminem: When The Music Stops.”