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BODIED, the film directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, Adi Shankar and Jil Hardin, will release to YouTube Red in 2018. Read below for more info.

YouTube has acquired worldwide rights to BODIED, the critically-acclaimed film directed and produced by legendary music video director Joseph Kahn and produced by Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, and producers Adi Shankar and Jil Hardin. BODIED is the satirical story of Adam Merkin, a progressive grad student who becomes an accidental battle rapper whose success breeds outrage.

The film stars Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally, The Thinning, and American Vandal), Jackie Long (Idlewild, ATL), Shoniqua Shondai (Sing It!, The Fosters), Walter Perez (The Avengers, Fame), Rory Uphold (Hella). Also featured are well known battle rappers Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, Hollow Da Don and media personality Charlamagne Tha God. The film is written by Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist), a former rap battler turned screenwriter.

The film first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. It also won audience awards at AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest. A critics favorite - the movie currently has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with Variety calling the film a “feverishly entertaining spectacle” and IndieWire proclaiming its “the most subversive movie about hip hop ever made.”

The film will hold an exclusive sneak preview at Sundance (see below) before a theatrical release, followed by YouTube Red in 2018.

The exclusive sneak preview of BODIED will take place at Holiday Theater, 1776 Park Ave., Park City on Sunday 1/21 at 5:30pm. The screening will be preceded by a public reception with director Joseph Kahn at the YouTube House on Heber Ave from 1:30-3:30pm. Tickets are open to the public that attend the reception and will be first come, first served. Remaining seats open to the public, first come, first-served.

Watch the trailer for BODIED below.


Catch Eminem headlining a number of festivals across the U.S. this year, including Coachella, The Governors Ball, Boston Calling, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. Full line ups below, click for more info. Check back here for any future additions.


Last month in the basement of St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit- formally and infamously known as The Shelter- we had the opportunity to create a unique experience to celebrate the release of Eminem’s new album Revival. 

The selection of The Shelter as the site of the event was an easy choice. Some may know that this dimly lit, raw industrial style club was the inspiration for the setting of the battle scenes in 8 Mile, right down to the opening scene in the bathroom where nerves get the best of Jimmy Smith Jr.’s homemade pasta. 

In order to make the pop-up shop great, we enlisted Clarkston, MI-based Union Joints to help execute our ambitious vision.  Being no strangers to the city and hugely successful local restauranteurs along with their uncanny ability to transform old, found places into superbly stylized culinary experiences made them the perfect fit. The Union folks transformed the space into a trailer park inspired bistro vibe packed with amazing details. 

A simple menu of spaghetti with marinara sauce (with or without meatballs) served in a Chinese food style take-out container along with a big hunk of homemade garlic bread OR a unique ‘Sghetti Sandwich (literally spaghetti with sauce in a panini pressed garlic bread sandwich with cheese) was the edible fare. For three straight days, the scent of hot pasta wafted through Downtown Detroit and put smiles on the faces of Stans galore. 

In addition to the pasta, fans could purchase our remaining stock of 8 Mile 15th Anniversary Carhartt gear and exclusive Revival merch, as well as the newly minted Revival cd.  On Friday, a large group of lucky fans got to meet Em and get their CDs signed as well. 

Special thanks to Live Nation, the St. Andrew’s staff and security, Union Joints’ Curt Catallo and Erich Lines & their chef Vince Baker and his kitchen and floor staff as well as the fans that came through to endure the cold waiting in long lines to check out the space.