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- Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known as Slim Shady and his primary stage name Eminem, is an Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor. Having sold over seventy million albums worldwide, Eminem is one of the highest-selling rappers of all time.
1. "Cold Wind Blows"
2. "Talkin' 2 Myself" (featuring Kobe)
3. "On Fire"
4. "Won't Back Down" (featuring Pink)
6. "Going Through Changes"
7. "Not Afraid"
9. "No Love" (featuring Lil Wayne)
10. "Space Bound"
11. "Cinderella Man"
12. "25 To Life"
13 "So Bad"
14. "Almost Famous"
15. "Love the Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna)
16. "You're Never Over"
Eminem is back on top of the album charts, and now Vulture has learned exclusively that he's headed back to Hollywood, too: On Wednesday, his Recovery was officially confirmed as last year's biggest-selling album; now this blog hears that the rapper intends to star in a new crime thriller at 20th Century Fox called Random Acts of Violence.
Insiders tell Vulture that Eminem’s Shady Films comrades Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr — who also produced his 2002 feature debut 8 Mile, as well as 50 Cent's semi-autobiographical 2005 movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' — would produce Acts of Violence.
What's Random all about? Well, a few years back, the script was essentially a poor man’s version of video game Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games’s global megahit. But insiders say the financial incentive was decidedly limited for Rockstar, and the downside massive, and the company declined to sell Fox the rights. (Even as a first-dollar gross participant in an adaptation, Rockstar stood to make only a small percentage of the film's grosses for licensing GTA. Considering that the games in the GTA series have sold a combined 100+ million copies around the world, that’s chickenfeed hardly worth risking a franchise over.)
At first, the studio tried to make Random with a plot that was just thisclose to that of GTA: A June 2008 draft has an ex-con named Emile trying to save his failing repo business and pay for his uncle's botched coke deal by stealing a string of sports cars (Here's "Emile" stealing a Shelby Mustang! Now he's stealing a Porsche! Uh-oh, now he’s stealing a Ferrari 599! etc.) But the script more or less read like a video game, so Fox shifted gears.
The studio brought in writer-director David Von Ancken, who for the last few years has been directing Showtime’s Californication, but who’d also directed the 2006 Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan revenge Western, Seraphim Falls. Von Ancken quickly scrapped the auto eroticism: Out went the car thievery; in came the grit and realism of 8 Mile.
The result, say people familiar with Random's current draft, is a thriller more akin to The Town or The Departed: An ex-con smarter than his past is fresh out of prison and trying to stay legit — but his efforts are complicated by his old gang, who want him back on the job. So, too, does the FBI, which hopes he’ll wear a wire and bring down the crime syndicate. The ex-con, meanwhile, tries to play both sides against each other long enough to exact revenge against those — on both sides of the law — who sent him to prison in the first place.
Insiders tell Vulture that the studio will make one last pass at the script with another writer while Von Ancken is off directing episodic TV, but will likely bring Von Ancken back to direct the film when the screenplay is polished and ready later this year.
Random is an interesting project, not just because of its material or its star, but also because of the sagging fortunes of the recording industry: When Eminem starred in 8 Mile in 2002, he’d just released the 8 million-selling The Eminem Show. By comparison, last year's Recovery has sold “only” 3.3 million copies since its release last June. Has Eminem's box-office pull waned along with the record business's fortunes? Possibly, but Fox is betting that you’ll lose yourself one more time.
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Rappers never retire—or do they? In an excerpt from VIBE's Juice issue, Eminem speaks on the day he gracefully bows out the game. Hopefully, it’s no time soon. Issue on newsstands now.
…Honestly, I don’t know how much longer I have in this game. I’m always going to love hip-hop. But how much longer am I going to still do it? I couldn’t give you an answer. But the day that this is not better than the last will probably be the day I stop.
You sure don’t need the money. Well, I hope you don’t need the money.
I hope so too. S***.
It’s hard to picture you quitting because you seem to really love hip-hop.
I do love it so much. But even if I was rapping at 50 [years old], I don’t now if I would put it out. I know it always makes me feel better to lay things to tape, and—”Lay the tape.” See, I’m old school. The fans might say the s*** is garbage. You don’t know how long people are going to want you around…Realistically, if I don’t rap, what the f*** am I going to do? It’s too late to be unfamous at this point.
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Last week, the readers of the MTV Newsroom Blog established that Eminem's best team-up with a female artist was "Love the Way You Lie" (his current massive single featuring an assist by Rihanna) and that "No Love" (his team-up with Lil Wayne from Recovery) was the best tag-team effort from an Eminem album. But by the end of the week, we blew the doors open to decide exactly which track represents Eminem's best work with another artist. Any guest spot, posse cut or featured verse was fair game, and after hundreds of votes, the readers decided that "Renegade" — Eminem's mind-blowing hook-up with Jay-Z from 2001's The Blueprint — is his best work with someone else.
It's no surprise that "Renegade" was a winner, as it's an incredibly high-quality collaboration between two of the greatest MCs in the hip-hop game today. It scored 35 percent of the vote, easily distancing itself from "Forgot About Dre," its next closest competitor. "Forgot About Dre" (from Dr. Dre's 1999 album 2001) scored 19 percent of the vote, with a healthy dose of those endorsements coming because of the sheer speed of Em's verse on that track. "Love the Way You Lie" followed with 13 percent, while "No Love" and "Airplanes (Part II)" (Slim Shady's three-way dance with B.o.B and Paramore's Hayley Williams) each took home seven percent.
Somewhat shockingly, the remix to "Forever" (which features Mr. Mathers, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Drake, perhaps the four greatest MCs not named Jay-Z) only took in five percent of the vote, just ahead of "Go to Sleep," which saw Em partner with DMX and Obie Trice. In fact, the closer you got to Eminem's inner circle, the fewer votes the song received. Neither of the D12 tracks on the poll fared well, nor did Em's other team-up with Obie Trice "Lady," which ended up in last place with only a pair of votes to its name.
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