11 Revealing Moments From Eminem's Early DaysCheck out these vintage clips of the rapper's budding skills
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The Real Life '8 Mile'
The movie 8 Mile brought the underground rap battle circuit to the masses, with its Rocky-style portrayal of Em's character, Rabbit, as the plucky but talented underdog. The flick was inspired by Em's own travels in the lyrical battlefield, and archived mid-Nineties footage from the famed Detroit spot the Hip-Hop Shop shows a shaved-headed (but not yet bleached-blond) Em spitting lines that include the barb, "Not to brag, I don't mean to boast/Look, my face is pale, but you look like you seen a ghost." Slim Shady's sparring partners include his D12 cohorts Kuniva and Proof.