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"That's one thing that I want this movie to get across, is that people who live in this world of hip-hop -- how seriously we take this, how seriously we take our music and battling and the sport of it and the competition and everything."-Eminem

For the main character in the movie,Jimmy Smith,hip hop is the most important thing in his life.Missing the parental protection,Jimmy and his friends,Future,Sol,DJ Iz and Cheddar Bob had created their own family.Rabbit dreams to be a famous rapper.He performs at the Shelter,where the rappers battle each other,this being the only way to be respected.
8 mile is a movie that envolves the drama,the action,the fun,starting from the "adventures" that Detroit can offer.
It's about personal fight, for what makes you happy,about following your dreams and "capture it and not let it slip".


The real Cheddar Bob

If you have watched 8 Mile, you will remember Jimmy Rabbit's friend in 8 Mile.

Cheddar Bob, Jimmy's friend, is also a white aspiring emcee who gets into trouble by shooting himself during the movie.

After his accident, B. Rabbit battles his friend in a hilarious freestyle:

« cheddar, i can rip you to a shreader,
cheddar cheese, theres not a better MC then me,
im b rabbit, bitch, sting like a bee,
float like a butterfly, what am i, so what if i cut a guy,
did i s-s-studder guy,
leave you punch drunk from lunch truck to shelter,
you never felt the rag that held the skelta, melt ya,
got the belt for the welt to weight champ,
you got in with a fake stamp,
garbage bag full of clothes, still pullin hoes,
rip you from head to toe, from leg to bullet hole,
next gun pull it slow,
and aim at the freeworld before you let it go,
instead of oh, i just shot my dick head,
and yes you do gotta big head,
i can't call it, cheddar where's your wallet,
your so drunk, you can out drink the alcoholics,
make them say damn, cheddar's the man,
he needs a can surgically removed from his hand.

Jimmy's hilarious freestyle is also a way to teach his friend to humor the tragic event he just went through. A freestyle that suddenly gets interrupted by the Free World leaders who start making fun of both friends.

In his third and last 8 Mile battle, Jimmy also makes a refence to his friend:

« I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob / Who shoots himself in the leg with his own gun . »

Cheddar Bob is described as Jimmy's dumb friend in 8 Mile.

Did you know that 8 Mile's character « Cheddar Bob aka Mc Bob » referred to a real person who actually lives across 8 Mile?

Who is he? His name is Robert Claus.He is actually an emcee who is better known as DJ Rec.

Robert Claus is Eminem's former friend and Marshall used to sleep over his house with other friends when Debbie kicked him out:
« I met him in '96 . . . He moved in with us, kind of like, couch surfing. »
Dj Rec has lived Eminem's debut. He has handed out his tapes at St Andrews:
« St. Andrew's on Friday nights, that was a big thing . . . just handing out his tapes. »
They used to be intimate friends, but both men haven't been in touch since 2000.
There was a time, Robert was too busy working and when he eventually wanted to get in touch with his former friend, Marshall's relatives were like an obstacle between both men's friendship:
« Right before they were shooting the "8 Mile" movie he was coming by the house, but I was at work a lot. . . . I don't know if he got offended by that, you know? . . . If I did call, these family of (ex-wife) Kim's that were at the house weren't telling him. (They were) like, "What do you want? This is my million dollars. »
The slang term « cheddar » usually refers to money. You will find a good definition of « cheddar » in the urban dictionary:
« money, riches, can also be used to express satisfaction.
Mad cheddar yo. (It will be very expensive. or I agree with you fully kind sir.) »
The real « Cheddar Bob » couldn't be qualified as « rich », though.
« Obviously I ain't got that (money), »says Robert Claus
There used to be a great complicity between Robert Claus and Eminem. They used to rhyme together. This is an example of a line Eminem could drop for his friend:
"Bob! You're a slob! Get a job! You live at home with your mom!"
Although he hasn't really made a fortune out of his passion, Robert Claus is still busy DJing:
« It's slow everywhere right now. I mean I get my DJ work. I'm doing my own night at the Huddle Lounge (on 8 Mile). »
The sad thing in this story is that Eminem seems to have lost a long term friend.
D12's « How Come » is very nostalgic about Kim, but it is also about lost and broken friendships:
« How come we don't even talk no more? And you don't even call no more We don't barely keep in touch at all... »
Maybe Marshall had also his old friend in mind when he wrote this song.

credit to Isabelle Esling for this article


Here's the 8 mile cast:

Eminem ...Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith
Kim Basinger ...Stephanie Smith
Brittany Murphy ...Alex
Mekhi Phifer ...Future
Evan Jones ...Cheddar Bob
Chloe Greenfield ...Lily
Omar Benson Miller ...Sol George
De'Angelo Wilson ...DJ Iz
Eugene Byrd ...Wink
Taryn Manning ...Janeane
Larry Hudson ...Bouncer
Proof ...Lil' Tic
Michael Bell ...Shorty Mike
DJ Head ...Battle DJ
Michael Shannon ...Greg Buehl
Mary Hannigan ...Mrs. Helgeland
Anthony Mackie ...Papa Doc
Strike ...Lyckety-Splyt
Nashawn 'Ox' Breedlove ...Lotto
Na'Keya Snoddy ...Papa Doc's Girl
Malik Barnhardt ...Moochie
Day Golfin ...Day
Allen Adams ...Omar
Hom ...First Parking Lot Rapper
Obie Trice ...Second Parking Lot Rapper
Njeri Earth ...Third Parking Lot Rapper
Jennifer Kitchen ...Pretty Girl
Kyla Womack ...Alex's Friend
Melissa Zaglanikzny ...Christine
Rockey Black ...Rocky
Craig Chandler ...Paul
Paul Bates ...Manny
Miz-Korona ...Female Lunch Truck Rapper
Xzibit ...Male Lunch Truck Rapper
Abdul Salaam El Razzac ...Joe Lee Patton
Steve Monroe ...Plant Worker
John Smith Jr. ...Lobby Security Guard
Venicia Foreman ...WJLB Receptionist
Waverly W. Alford II ...Big O
Bushman ...WJLB Disc Jockey
Adam Brook ...Roy Darucher
Amendeus Duerod ...Chin Tiki Club Goer
Brandon T. Jackson ...Chin Tiki Club Goer/Rapper
Jason Jarchow ...Bartender
Sam Khaleghi ...Chin Tiki Club Goer/Guy at Bar
Steven Shannon ...Bouncer and Club Goer
Michelle Hom ...Waitress in club
Salina Leong ...Waitress at Chin Tiki Club
Juanita Moore ...Annie Johnson
Karin Dicker ...Sarah Jane, age 8



I know this girl,
Her name is Lily,
And its past her bed,
She goes to sleep
And she can just dream,
And not have to be,
In this stinkey trailer with me,
O when I feel blue
Don't know what to do
I look at you
And I just say... :P


JIMMY AND FUTURE(sweet home alabama freestyle)

Well Jimmy moved in with his mother
Cos he ain't go no place to go
And now i'm right back in the gutter
With a garbage bag that's full of clothes
Cause you live at home in a trailer
What the hell you gonna do (yee-hah!)
Cuz i live at home in a trailer
Mom I'm coming home to you
Well my name is Jimmy
He's name's Greg Buehl
Me and him and you, - we went to the same school
This ain't cool... I'm in a rage
He's tapping my mom and we're almost the same age
On the microphone i drop bombs
Look at this car... 'Thanks a lot, Mom!'
"Here and happy birthday Rabbit! Here's a brand new car, you can have it. A 1928 Delta..."
This shit won't even get me to the shelter
And I can't even stand for mowtown
Cuz i'm back in the 810 now
Cos i live at home in a trailer
Mom i'm coming home to you


Jimmy against Xzibit:)

Ok, folks, enough with the gay jokes,

Especially from a gay broke bitch yourself, eloc?

His style's doo you worked here longer

Than me, and I get paid more than you do,

Dog take a seat, what this guy's standing in line for,

He ain't got money to eat!

Check this out, yo yo, this guy cashed his whole check,

And bought one ho-ho

Fucking homo, little maggot, you can't hack it

Paul's gay, your a faggot, at least he admits it,

Don't even risk it, this guys starving to death,

Someone get him a biscuit!

I don't know what they told you, Mike,

You must had them corn rolls rolled too tight

This job, you wanna quit, but you can't

You worked at this plant so long, your a plant,

Look at your god damn boots

For Christs sake, their starting to grow roots!

At this mic you be fadin,

You look like a pissed off rapper who never made it

Why you fuckin with the gay guy g,

When really your the one that's got the H.I.V.!

Man, I'm done with this're soft,fuck it,Imma let this girl finish you up"




This guy's a choke artist
Ya catch a bad one
Your better off shootin yourself
With Papa Doc's handgun
Climbin up this mountain your weak
Ill leave you lost without a paddle
Floatin shits creek
You ain't Detroit, Im the D
Your the new kid on the block
Bout to get smacked back to the boonedocks
Fuckin Nazi, this crowd ain't your type
Take some real advice and form a group with Vanilla Ice
And what I tell you, you better use it
This guy's a hillbilly, this ain't Willie Nelson music
Trailer trash, Ill choke you to your last breath
And have you lookin foolish
Like Cheddar Bob when he shot himself
Silly Rabbit, I know why they call you that
Cause you follow Future like he gots carrots up his asscrack
And when you actin up thats when you got jacked up
And left stupid like Tina Turner when she got smacked up
Ill crack your shoulder blade
Youll get dropped so hard
Elvis will start turnin in his grave
I dont know why they let you out in the dark
You need to take your white ass back across 8 mile
To the trailer park


This guy raps like his parents jerked him
He sounds like Eric Sermon, the generic version
This whole crowd looks suspicious
Its all dudes in here, except for these bitches
So Im a German, Eh
Thats ok, you look like a fuckin worm with braids
These Leaders of the Free World rookies
Lookie, how can 6 dicks be pussies
Talkin bout shits creek
Bitch, you could be up piss creek
With paddles this deep
Your still gonna sink
Your a disgrace
Yeah, they call me Rabbit
This is a turtle race
He can't get with me spittin this shit
Wickedly lickety shot
Spickety spickety split lickety
So Im gonna turn around with a great smile
And walk my white ass back across 8 mile!


Yo, it's time to get rid of this coward once and for all.
I'm sick of the motha fucka! Check this shit out!
I'll spit a racial slur, honky, sue me!
This shit is a horror flick,
but the black guy doesn't die in this movie!
Fuckin' wit Lotto, dawg, you gotta be kiddin!
That makes me believe you really dont have a interest in
You think these niggas gonna feel the shit you say?
I got a betta chance joining the KKK.
Or some real shit, though, I like you
That's why I didn't wanna have to be the one you commit sucide
Fuck 'Lotto,' call me your leader
I feel bad I gotta murder that dude from "Leave It To Beaver"
I used to like that show, now you got me to "fight back" mode
But oh well, if you gotta go, then you gotta go!
I hate to do this, I would love for this shit to last
So I'll take pictures of my rear end so you won't forget my
And all's well that ends well, ok?
So I'll end this shit wit a "FUCK you, but have a nice day!"

Ward, I think you were a little hard on the Beaver
So was Eddie Haskal, Wally, and Ms. Cleaver
This guy keeps screamin', he's paranoid!
Quick, someone get his ass another steriod!
"Blahbity bloo blah blah blahbity bloo blah!"
I ain't hear a word you said, "hipidy hooblah!"
Is that a tank top, or a new bra?
Look, Snoop Dogg just got a fuckin' boob job!
Didn't you listen to the last round, meat head?
Pay attention, you're sayin the same shit that he said!
Matter fact, dog, here's a pencil
Go home, write some shit, make it suspenseful,
And don't come back until something don't hits you
Fuck it! You can take the mike home with you!
Lookin' like a cyclone hit you,
Tank top screamin', "Lotto, I don't fit you!"
You see how far those white jokes get you
Boy's like "How Vanilla Ice gonna diss you?"
My motto: Fuck Lotto!
I get the 7 digits from your mother for a dolla tomorrow!


Now everybody from the 313
Put your mothefucking hands and follow me
Everybody from the 313
Put your mothefucking hands up
Look Look

Now while he stands tough
Notice that this man did not had his hands up
This free world got you gased up
Now who's afraid of the big bad wolf

1, 2, 3 and to the 4
1 pac , 2 pac, 3 pac, 4
4 pac, 3 pac, 2 pac, 1
You're pac, he's pac, no pacs, none

This guy aint no mother-fuckin MC,
I know everything he's got to say against me,
I am white, I am a fuckin bum, I do live in a trailer with my
My boy Future is an Uncle Tom.
I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob who shoots
himself in the leg with his own gun,
I did get jumped by all 6 of you chumps
And Wink did fuck my girl,
I'm still standin here screamin "FUCK THE FREE WORLD!"
Don't ever try to judge me dude
You don't know what the fuck i've been through

But i know something about you
You went to Crankbook, that's a private school
What's the matter dawg? You embarrased?
This is guy's a gangster, he's real name's Clarence

And Clarence lives at home with both parents
And Clarence's parents have a real good marriage
This guy don't wanna battle, He's shook
'Cause there no such things as half-way crooks
He's scared to death
He's scared to look in his fuckin yearbook, fuck Crankbook

Fuck the beat, i go acapella
Fuck a papa doc, fuck a clock, fuck a trailer, fuck everybody
Fuck y'all if you doubt me
I'm a piece of fucking white trash, i say it proudly
And fuck this battle, I don't wanna win, I'm outty,
Here, tell this people something they dont know about me.