||[Feb. 21st, 2005|09:42 am]
I finally saw '8 Mile' on VH1 yesterday. It really was a valiant effort, but I find it most enjoyable to think about it as a remake of Mariah Carey's inimitable "Glitter." It's a hard film not to like, honestly, but it has its silly moments. Kim Basinger is pretty rockin, and Em does a nice job of playing himself. But the romance subplot was awkward in the extreme, and not as interesting to me as the creative process.|
From my peripheral involvement in the world of hip hop -- hey, don't laugh -- the truth of what goes on involves a lot more serious work on the music, and a lot less rumbling with rival posses. No matter how they front like thugs, hip hop takes a lot of writing, practicing, studio time, and promotion, and a real thug is too busy thugging to get it done.