The film is named after a street in Detroit, Michigan that is officially Michigan Highway M-102, specifically a portion that follows the locally named "8 Mile Road".
In Detroit, particularly in previous decades, 8-Mile Road was a literal dividing line between two very racially distinct cultures. It runs along the boundary between two counties, one of which ...
8-Mile road is a major road in Southeast Michigan. In the Detroit area it has cultural significance because it is a defacto dividing line between the predominantly poor city area and the wealthier northern suburbs of the city.
I would call into question some of what @KutuluMike stated in his answer, and provide a better one - one from an authentic Detroiter.
Perhaps long ago it once served as a line that divided the Detroit culture, but I believe the inner-city culture has shifted significantly in recent years, for better or for worse. I grew up in the Metro Detroit area my ...
The movie 8-Mile did get its name from the road in Southeast Michigan; this road does separate two counties and two cultures; the movie explores the interactions between these cultures.
The road got its name because it is 8 miles North of downtown Detroit. Some roads have been renamed; that said, 8 Mile Road is one mile North of 7 Mile Road and one mile ...
The portions of the film which are direct reflections of Marshal Mathers (Eminem) life include:
He was raised in Detroit, Michigan for a portion of his life.
He was raised by his single mother in a series of lower income neighborhoods.
He was friends with local black rappers in the Detroit area.
He performed occasionally at local clubs and parties in the ...
16 mile road refers to the actual 16 Mile Road where white people are demographically predominant.
To understand what it means one needs to take a look at the remaining lyrics. The last two lines of that rap are
So put ya hockey stick and baseball bat away
Cause this here Detroit, 16 Mile road thataway, thataway
Let' break it down.
So put ya ...
His last name was Zurowsky. There's a scene where Eminem gets into a fight with his mom's boyfriend, who happens to be about the same age as Eminem. The exchange goes something like this:
Eminem's mom: Baby, are you staying here for a while or what?
Eminem: Just for a couple weeks, till l can save enough to get my own place.
Mom's boyfriend: Just like Bob ...
As explained on genius.com:
Rabbit points at a different member of Doc’s crew (Free World) each
time he says a number. This implies that they are all trying to
emulate 2Pac, ripping off his sound and look.