If you’re a fan of Eminem’s Oscar-winning 8 Mile, then you’ll be thrilled to find out that it’s coming to Netflix. As of August 16, you’ll be able to watch it as many times as you like on the popular streaming service.
If you haven’t seen it before, then it’s well worth a watch, whether you’re a fan of his music or not. This 2002 film is based on Eminem’s upbringing, following an aspiring white rapper named Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith Jr. (Eminem), who lives in a trailer park in Warren, Michigan, and his attempt to launch a career in hip-hop. Here’s a brief introduction to one of the most famous rappers alive today:
Eminem was born Marshall Mathers in St. Joseph, Missouri although his family moved to Detroit in a black neighbourhood where he says he faced racial beatings. Before he discovered his passion for rap music, he wanted to write comic books. He didn’t have the best relationship with his mother, and when she went out to play bingo, Marshall would blast out his music and write songs.
Eminem Stars in 8 Mile Credit: Netflix
Marshall would spend his free time having rap battles with his friends before he was recruited by a number of rap groups including D12. He released album ‘Infinite’ in 1996, which was a complete flop. Spurred on by the criticism of his first solo album, he pushed harder than ever to perfect his style. Fortunately, Dr. Dre spotted him in 1997 and they released ‘The Slim Shady LP’ two years later. It went Platinum. Now he’s known as one of the best rappers ever.
The film wasn’t the only success, as the soundtrack ‘Lose Yourself’ was the first rap song to ever win an Academy Award – Eminem was reportedly so unconvinced that it’d win, that he didn’t even bother showing up.
8 Mile is coming to Nextflix this August Credit: PA
According to South Pawer, he said: “Actually, I was sleeping that night. I just felt like I had no chance of winning because, you know, when I heard I was nominated, I thought that was for actors.
“I was not sure what exactly Grammy or Oscar meant, what a certain award meant… so even MTV awards, all that stuff, I just didn’t know what awards meant and this particular award.”
He continued: “I think I got it confused when they said about an Oscar. They were talking about the song but I was like, ‘Yeah, but isn’t there other movies that got rock songs and stuff like that?’
“At that point in my life, I always thought, like, rap never gets a fair shake on anything. That was one of the reasons I didn’t go for the first Grammys I was invited to, because I pretty much protested it. I didn’t understand why there was a rap category and best album category and I couldn’t understand why a rap album couldn’t just be in the best album category.”