Eminem joined D12 for a performance of the group's "Rap Game" last night (March 13) at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit during a party commemorating the DVD release of his film "8 Mile." Afterward, Eminem,
Eminem joined D12 for a performance of the group's "Rap Game" last night (March 13) at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit during a party commemorating the DVD release of his film "8 Mile." Afterward, Eminem, clad in an oversized black T-shirt, bandanna and baseball cap, launched into the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Lose Yourself."
Near the end of his brief appearance, Eminem leaped backward into the crowd. He was mobbed, losing his hat and bandanna and was pulled back on stage by security personnel.
The event, officially titled the "8 Mile DVD Launch Party," also featured a performance by rapper Xzibit, who appears in the film. "8 Mile," which hit theaters last year and will be released Tuesday on DVD, collected nearly $116 million at the domestic box office.
Also on hand last night was one of the film's stars, actor Mekhi Phifer, who appeared on stage with Eminem and D12's Proof during "Lose Yourself." Eminem put his arm around Phifer as he rapped a line from the song, "And it's no movie/there's no Mekhi Phifer."
Earlier in the day, Phifer and Proof hosted a freestyle rap battle competition in the basement of St. Andrews, a downtown concert hall that was the inspiration for the rap battles depicted in the film. Leading up to the event, radio stations around the nation held contests, and the winners were flown to Detroit to compete.
The winner, Marvwon, a 22-year-old from Detroit, will be awarded the opportunity to record a demo tape at the Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
As previously reported, the "8 Mile" DVD includes five new rap battles between Eminem and other performers as they trash-talk each other with rhyming profanity and insults. Viewers can choose to watch the sequences in censored or uncensored formats.
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