Eminem & Dr. Dre Creating New Music For ” the movie Bodied” Soundtrack

Eminem & Dr. Dre Creating New Music For ” the movie Bodied” Soundtrack

During Thursday’s opening night of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the Eminem-produced battle-rap saga “Bodied” celebrated its world premiere before an amped up, sold-out midnight crowd at the Ryerson Theatre.

Prior to the film’s start, battle-rap classics from Jay-Z’s “Takeover” to 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up” pumped through the theater and a beach ball was batted around the audience. While many in attendance were hoping to catch a glimpse of Eminem — fans in line toted Eminem LPs and other pieces of memorabilia they were hoping to get signed by the rapper — Slim Shady himself was nowhere to be seen. But his spirit was all over the movie.

Introducing the film, director Joseph Kahn (“Detention,” “Torque”) sang the praises of battle-rap as an art form and prepared himself for the worst. “I hope my career doesn’t end tonight,” he said with a chuckle.

He need not have worried. The raucous comedy, which follows a college student (Disney Channel vet Calum Worthy) who is studying battle-rap as an art form and winds up becoming a vicious battle-rapper himself, played like gangbusters to the crowd. The film is a minefield of racial and ethnic jokes — no group comes out unscathed — but that’s the point of the film, Kahn explained during a post-film Q&A session.

Kahn, a celebrated music video director whose clip for Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” recently smashed the record for most YouTube plays in a single day, said he’d wanted to make a film about battle-rap for years but couldn’t land on anywhere to take it. After frequently getting roasted on Twitter for jokes that were deemed offensive by various groups, he decided to focus “Bodied” on “the consequences of language,” and he used battle-rap as “a mechanism to explore the far reaches of free speech.”




September 10th, 2017

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