8 Mile Director: "When we were recording at the Shelter, it took us a lot of time to record the scenes there, and when we weren’t recording, the extras were starting to get bored, so we decided to do something special.

I announced that we would be having a contest, to choose 3 extras to battle eminem in an unscripted scene, and if we ended up using these scenes, it would be used in a way to introduce the 3 main battles at the end of the movie, as a silent montage. and the extras would still get the chance to battle in front of the crowd.

Unfortunately, after 3 days recording at the shelter, Eminem was starting to lose his voice so we told him not to speak and to pantomime his part while the extras battle him. Everything was going great, but things changed when eminem got the chance to go 2nd (second battle of the day), “Marv One” (extra) got a great response from the audience and the crowd began to taunt eminem.” (this is what happened when it was eminem’s turn.)

The Gentrification of Hip Hop

Esteemed filmmaker Spike Lee came under fire recently for being outspoken about the gentrification currently taking place in Brooklyn, New York. One of Lee’s complaints is that the new neighbors in these revamped cities and neighborhoods don’t have any respect for the culture and history of the cities they are now flocking to (x).

For many people, Brooklyn is synonymous with hip hop culture. Brooklyn has given birth to some of largest names in rap music such as Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, and multiple others. However, much like the city it became popular in, rap has taken a cultural shift within the past few years, largely due to the many white hip hop artist that have become popular.

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