written by Low Key
Looking at the “8 Mile Soundtrack’s” track listing one might think this album has the chance to be one of the greatest soundtracks ever released. 5 new Eminem tracks and brand new Xzibit, 50 Cent, Jay-z, Nas, Gangstarr and Rakim tracks! The lineup is simply amazing! However, looks can be deceiving and that’s exactly the story with the “8 Mile Soundtrack”.
How can a soundtrack with such a spectacular lineup of Hip-Hop legends come out this disappointing is the question everyone is asking themselves. While the biggest names in Hip-Hop appear on most of the “8 Mile Soundtrack”, unfortunately most of the tracks on the album fall into the category of throw away/filler. Jay-z & Nas both appear on the soundtrack, however not to the anticipation we expected. “You Wanna Be Me” is a horribly produced Nas track that is more reminiscent of Nas’s “Nastradamus” days than anything. The lyrically boring track is an obvious throwaway track as the production is truly horrendous. “8 Miles and Running” featuring Jay-z and Freeway sees much better production from none other than Marshall Mathers himself, however both Jay and Freeway deliver less than stellar performances on the mic, making the track very bland. Jay once again puts forth an uninspired verse that does nothing but disappoint, as the tracks hook is equally annoying.