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Eminem Bailed Out Rapper From Jail Before He Battled Him In "8 Mile" Movie + More

(AllHipHop News) You are seldom going to find a more successful year for a rapper than Eminem’s 2002. By the end of 2002, Eminem had two of the highest selling albums of any genre that year, with one being a soundtrack released two months before the year ended. Today (April 16th), Eminem, Paul Rosenberg and the cast of 8 Mile discuss the making of the movie.

In Grantland’s oral history of 8 Mile, the members of the cast attest that it was a concerted effort by Eminem and the producers to utilized authentic Detroit rappers in the battle scene. One rapper, Gerald L. “Strike” Sanders, whom played Lyckety-Splyt was a local MC who had so much trouble with the law that before he battled Eminem in the movie, Em had to bail him out:

It was funny because I was on the run from the feds at that time. When we pulled up to the [auditions], we actually thought it was the feds. At that time I was in the streets, carrying guns. My manager was like, “If they try to arrest you, I’ll shoot in the air, you run!” [Later,] Em done bailed me out on my attempted murder case. Proof went to him to get the money for that.

Many secrets about Eminem’s battle rap past were revealed, including that him and fallen friend Proof never battled each other at the famed Detroit Hip Hop Shop. Mekhi Phifer’s character, Future, was inspired by Proof and would have been played by its inspiration if Proof would have shown up to auditions, according to the movie’s screenwriter Scott Silver. While Proof’s presence was not seen on film, it was definitely felt behind the scenes according to Lyckety-Splyt:

It was times where the crowd would try to heckle Em. And you got people saying, ‘Why ya’ll n—-s around the white rapper?’ I got the mark of stitches on my hand to this day that I had from slapping some dude in the face that said, “F*ck the white boy.” Proof hit him, and he swung, and then I hit him!

8 Mile grossed $51 million in its opening weekend and broke the record for  biggest DVD debut ever for an R-rated movie with $75 million in sales and rentals.
Check out the full oral history of 8 Mile here. Check out one of the deleted battles from the 8 Mile movie featuring Eminem and Detroit MC MarvWon below:
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  • MrNoName2K

    Cant front, this movie was pretty hot when it came out and Em was no doubt holding it down..now we have…Macklemore..my how things have changed..

    • Boogers

      Macklemore is not a rapper, he is a pop star.

    • hoeyuno

      And vinnie paz, diabolic…

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    ” I got the mark of stitches on my hand to this day that I had from slapping some dude in the face that said, “F*ck the white boy.” Proof hit him, and he swung, and then I hit him”

    heard another EM story where a black rapper ate him in a battle and bizzare (the fat one from d-12) beat him up so bad the boy was in a coma or some ish.
    they must love white men in Detroit smh

    • Boogers

      bizzare is not fat, he just contains mass mussels. Do not be mean and call someone fat.

      • Dante Rapper

        looool I appreciate this form of trolling the most.

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  • Never really had an interest in seein this movie…and still dont. Em is hot, I admit that but I’d prefer to see a film about an act that enhanced hip-hop and the culture, not how some white rapper took over the game because of white fans.

    • Boogers

      You are dumb, it is a good movie. Just go watch it and then realize the things that you held back in life, are probably one of the best things you experience in life.

      • hitman619

        Agree
        The Movie 8 Mile is about HIP HOP!

      • Hmmmm, you must be on your lunch break and teacher says you can play with your phone.

    • hitman619

      Not Sure if you’re Trolling or Not but 8 mile is a Great Movie, and don’t really even like EM.

      • Then fanboys like you can praise it. Ill wait for the NWA movie or better yet, a movie about Public Enemy.

      • Dino Babic

        Which would rightfully make you a fanboy of NWA or Public Enemy. Stop acting like your preference is better than someone else’s, douche.

      • I love nothing more than internet tough guys. B!tches like you would never say anything to my or anyone else’s face because you know what would happen. But what I am is a fan of hip-hop from the start. Im not some lame who just got into the music 10 years ago, went to a movie, and started saying Em is the best in the music’s history. Its not about preferences, its about musical impact and Em has not had the impact of PE, NWA, and a whole host of other groups and people.

      • TruthSerum

        Whatever, if you think watching a 2 hour movie is that deep then by all means dont, it did fine without you.

      • Guest

        You call me the tough-guy then threaten me over the internet about “what’s gunna happen” cuz I called you a douche? Alright mayne. To say Eminem hasn’t had the impact of “a whole host of other groups and people” to the hip-hop genre is beyond ignorant, but that’s besides the point. You can love NWA and the rest of the Old-school you want. It doesn’t make you more knowledgeable by default and it sure as hell doesn’t change what Eminem has done in his decade as a globally know musician; and I bet you the NWA would tell you the same god damn thing. Eminem had seas of people picketing his shows and the entire media from every angle riding his ass. He was fresh to hip-hop, he was different, and he definitely made a HUGE impact to not only rap music, but lives in general.

        Also, people watching “some movie” and then becoming fans of hip-hop and learning to enjoy rap doesn’t make them lame, its all the more reason to support what kind of impact Eminem DID make. Good day to you sir. Hopefully I don’t see you on the street and you kick my ass over this because it really is that big of a deal.

      • I dont make threats, learn reading comprehension. I said you’d never say bogus things to my or anyone else’s face. Im not gonna bicker with you about hip-hop, dude. But I’ll say this, not knowing hip-hop history is whats beyond ignorant.

      • Willie Stewart II

        Yo I’m just sayin check the movie out son. It’s not that bad. Em’s not the greatest but he’s not that bad if you give him a chance.

      • You got it wrong, I dont dislike the guy but he is not the end all be all of hip-hop music that fanboys make him to be.

      • Athar Husain

        Well you can’t really say that Em hasn’t had the impact of PE, NEW, and a slew of other people/groups (Wutang, Big L, Tupac, LL, Biggie, etc…) However, he has an Oscar attached to his name. He coined the term stan that’s still going strong after 14 years. The truth of the matter is.. All hip hop music is whether it’s NWA, Jay Z, Nas, or Public Enemy.. are all bought by white kids. Majority of hip hop fans are white. Face the facts bro.

      • hitman619

        Confirmed….The NWA Movie is a green light and should be out next year

      • I know…and I’ll be there. I don’t think people recognize how seminal they have been to the genre.

    • End of Days

      There’s like 7 white people in the whole movie…

      • Show me where I commented about the “white people content” of the movie and that will make your point valid.

      • Willie Stewart II

        7 white people in a movie is a lot.

    • Willie Stewart II

      Why don’t you check it out before judgin son? Just sayin.

    • John Land

      took the game over….because of white fans. Have you ever heard of a band named “Blondie”? Black people don’t own rap, hip-hop, dippity-dot or whatever you want to call it. And how he became famous is pure numbers. So what that the black population is only 15%. I mean, is that Em’s fault? No, it’s not. I’ve been listening to this shit since RUN DMC. I bought the single on a tape of “walk this way”. I think you need to check yourself before you go run your mouth, repeating something you read or heard from someone who you think is smart. That’s the dumbest thing I think I have ever seen. “not how some white rapper took over the game because of white fans.” and the fucked up part? You have admitted you haven’t even seen the movie. You got a close mind or something?. Where is your tolerance?

  • Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’

    My manager was like, “If they try to arrest you, I’ll shoot in the air, you run!” LOL

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      thats some real shit right there!!!

  • BALLER ✔️

    I remember sneaking into the back of the theater to see it then we left like 30 deep from the theater and 2 from our crew ended up having a great fight behind the theater great day LOL

  • Executive

    8 mile is a classic in my book, I like to watch it on a gloomy Saturday make me a big ass sandwich roll a blunt and sip some Hennessy and chill at the crib.

  • i’mreloaded!

    Dat movie really made me an Em fan.

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  • Eminem is definitely in my top 5. That part 2 of “cleaning out my closet” proves why he is one of the GOAT’s

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  • soyhiphop

    Classic movie loved it…inmadopuroz aka snitchy the rat how many niccas you had lockdup 5? Tell your moms I like my wings spicy.. tell her to drink oil I’m f*cking her throat tonite

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  • Guest

    And in other news..Kid Cudi possibly knocking the bottom out of Michele Trachtenberg

  • meanygreene

    em need to get his title back from juice

  • MADNEWYORKER914

    Didn’t the dude with the glasses commit suicide???