Eminem Will Show The Real 8 Mile In His Virtual Reality Documentary
Even as a musical superstar, Eminem has remained rooted in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. His home is there, and his recording studio is there, where many of the artists on his label record. Although historically out of the traditional celebrity lifestyle, Eminem is regularly in attendance at the city’s major sporting events, and uses his city as an exteriors in videos. In the early 2000s, 8 Mile filmed on location in Greater Detroit. Meanwhile, Shady Records has been a home for many local artists’ releases, including D12, Obie Trice, and Em’s partnership with Royce 5’9, Bad Meets Evil.
Fresh off of producing 2017’s Bodied satire on Battle Rap (which had a theatrical run in late 2018), Eminem is gearing up to release Marshall From Detroit. It is a 21-minute long VR 360-degree film, according to Variety. “Our idea was to extend the blanket of intimacy offered by VR beyond the once-in-a-lifetime ride with Marshall and introduce you to a more mystic version of Detroit you could never see for yourself,” director Caleb Slain told the publication. “We wanted to take the ‘reality’ out of VR and cook it down into something more unreal, but also truthful.”
A 360-degree trailer has released ahead of the doc’s Sundance Festival debut this Saturday (January 26). “I don’t think we really knew who we were yet, as far as what’s gonna be our style, what’s gonna be our sound,” Em begins in a voice-over as an SUV drives through the downtown Motor City on a snowy night. “Especially back then, we used to think like, ‘Man, nobody comes from Detroit.'”
Appearing on camera, the man born Marshall Mathers continues, “They look at us like a ghost town. We want to be somebody; we want to f*ckin’ stand up.” Sway Calloway’s voice can also be heard interviewing the MC/producer. Notably, Eminem was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. After his parents separated, the artist would divide much of his youth between Michigan and Missouri. He eventually settled in the D, where he remained for most of his adulthood. Before signing with Dr. Dre, Eminem also lived in New Jersey with The Outsidaz for a period. He later made California his home while recording his early major label material.
On Friday (January 25), Shady Records is releasing Boogie’s Everything’s For Sale album. Eminem is a guest, as are Interscope label-mates J.I.D. and 6lack. Last year, Eminem released Kamikaze.