Although Eminem is taking a little break from music (what?! Come back…) it doesn’t mean he’s just sunning himself on a beach in Barbados – which is totes what we would do. Instead, Eminem is focusing on adding another string to his bow (or another chain to his necklace) and entering into the world of movie making to bring us his new rap battle film, Bodied.
The real Slim Shady stood up for the job as the producer for the new satirical movie that follows the life of a graduate college student who becomes the talk of the town after his rap battle thesis becomes a little more than a simple essay. Eminem worked with a script written by battle rap legend, Alex ‘Kid Twist’ Larsen and teamed up with music video director Joseph Kahn to bring the story to life – and considering Kahn’s background, we can expect the rap battles to be EPIC! In the past, Joseph Kahn has worked with the likes of 50Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Eminem himself to bring some of the most iconic music videos and videography into our lives.
Judging by the trailer, Bodied will obviously have a huge emphasis on the craft, skill, and practice of hip-hop and rap battles, but will also touch upon ideas of race. In the trailer, we can hear several voice overs.
Battle rap is not boxing, it’s a street fight,’ ‘words are weapons’ and ‘we battle rappers, we battle each other and disrespect each other in the ring as rappers.
Another voice also goes on to say, “How sensitive the climate is towards racism and appropriation.” After this, Megaton and MC Goggles enter into a pretty intense battle – and I think you can tell who wins.
Bodied will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, with the film’s official website calling the movie, ‘A satirical exploration of the world’s most artistically brutal sport – battle rapping.’ The movie will star the likes of Charlamagne tha God, Anthony Michael Hall, Calum Worthy and Debra Wilson, as well as several other battle rappers, like Hollow Da Don, Loaded Lux, Dumbfounded and Dizaster.