Eminem has recruited some of the biggest names in hip-hop to contribute to the soundtrack for his film debut, "8 Mile." The album is due Oct. 29 from Shady/Interscope; the Universal Pictures film, dir

Eminem has recruited some of the biggest names in hip-hop to contribute to the soundtrack for his film debut, "8 Mile." The album is due Oct. 29 from Shady/Interscope; the Universal Pictures film, directed by Curtis Hanson ("Wonder Boys," "L.A. Confidential") and also starring Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and Brittany Murphy, arrives Nov. 8 in U.S. theaters. Eminem leads the album with three new solo tracks including "Lose Yourself," which was the top debut last week at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"8 Mile" sports exclusive songs from Jay-Z, Rakim, Xzibit, Gang Starr, and Nas, while Eminem proteges D-12, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent also contribute tracks. Eminem teams up with the latter two acts for "Love Me." Other artists featured on the album include Macy Gray, Boomkat, and Young Zee.

"The '8 Mile' soundtrack was different because it forced me to step into Rabbit, the character I play in the film, and write from his point of view," Eminem said in a statement. "It was a challenge. Also, the project afforded me the opportunity to not only make an album with a wishlist of some of my favorite artists, but to showcase what we have coming on Shady Records."

A video for "Lose Yourself" is being shot in Eminem's hometown of Detroit, where the film is set. Some shots were filmed last week at a private home in nearby Washington Township.

Here is the "8 Mile" tracklist:

"Lose Yourself," Eminem
"8 Mile," Eminem
"Run Rabbit Run," Eminem
"Love Me," Obie Trice, Eminem, 50 Cent
"Places to Go," 50 Cent
"Wanksta," 50 Cent
"Rap Game," D-12
"You Wanna Be Me," Nas
"8 Miles and Running," Jay-Z
"That's My Nigga fo Real," Young Zee
"Battle," Gang Starr
"Spitshine," Xzibit
"Time of Your Life," Macy Gray
"Wasting My Time," Boomkat
"R.A.K.I.M.," Rakim
"Adrenaline Rush," Obie Trice

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