The Intense Authenticity of the Rap Battles in “8 Mile”

8 Mile was a bit of a surprise hit in 2002 and maybe more so because the filmmakers focused on the grimy underbelly of much-maligned Detroit. What showed through was talent, intense ambitious talent–all taken from the thriving local rap scene.

Losing Yourself All Over Again

Grantland.com, 4.16.14