Eminem’s back at the forefront of music with the release of his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, so obviously we’re binge-listening to anything he’s ever recorded. An all-time favorite: “Lose Yourself,” the star track of his 2002 movie 8 Mile.
But to what exactly does “8 Mile” refer to? How much longer Eminem has to get somewhere? The speed limit of his home city, Detroit? Just a couple words that sounded good over a beat?
Wetpaint Entertainment teamed up with Viggle for a little eight-mile walk down memory lane. When we asked what the film’s title refers to, a whopping 87 percent of Viggle LIVE! users said a road along the northern edge of Detroit. No losers here as that’s the right answer! The “Berzerk” artist still has a home in Motor City not far from the road that helped skyrocket him to fame and fortune.
Although now a well-known term thanks to Eminem, 8 Mile Road has long had a reputation in Detroit. As explained by USA Today back in 2002, the term’s “a loaded phrase” with 8 Mile Road dividing “city from suburb, blacks from whites, lower class from middle class.” Leave it to Eminem to hone in on such a controversial topic.
Also in the running for 8 Mile explanations: the size of downtown Detroit (7 percent of the overall vote) and an infamous nightclub in the city (6 percent). Both are good options but neither quite measures up (get it?).
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