Toronto – Eminem will forever be connected to his battle rap roots. Whether he’s paying homage to the 90s underground scene that made him a legend (as portrayed in the semi-autobiographical blockbuster 8 Mile), his music, or signing little known, yet top-tier lyricists to his Shady Records imprint, the Hip Hop icon is giving the battle rap scene another a new look on the big screen.
According to The Tracking Board, music video impresario Joseph Kahn and Eminem are set to release a battle rap satire film Bodied later this year. The movie’s premise is to explore race relations. The production team is withholding many other details about the story at press time. The film is being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Kahn’s résumé spans almost 30 years in the directing films with a client list including Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Dr. Dre, U2, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift. The film’s screenwriter — and battle champion — Kid Twist developed the story with Kahn which features battle circuit mainstays Dizaster, Dumbfounded, Loaded Lux, and Hollow Da Don.
Other cast members will include Anthony Michael Hall, Charlamagne Tha God, Callum Worthy, Debra Wilson, and Rory Uphold.
You can see the Bodied trailer below.
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 1, 2017