Actor and rapper Nashawn Breedlove, who faced off in opposition to Eminem in an “8 Mile” rap fight, has died in New Jersey. He was 46.
He died Sunday in his rest, according to TMZ, and the cause of demise is mysterious.
His mom Patricia confirmed his death on Fb, writing “Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. No one could deny his talent. Nashawn’s departure from this environment has left an enormous void in my daily life, one that text can not thoroughly convey. I can’t set into words and phrases the discomfort and hurt that I come to feel. He was not just my son he was a impressive gentleman whose character and strength encouraged all who crossed his path.”
Breedlove is recognized for his part in “8 Mile,” the 2002 drama loosely primarily based on the lifestyle of Eminem. Eminem stars as Jimmy, or B-Rabbit, a white rapper from Detroit trying to make it in the vast majority Black entire world of hip-hop. Breedlove plays the character Lotto, a fellow freestyle rapper immersed in Detroit’s hip-hop society. Lotto is a member of the rap group The Free of charge Earth, Jimmy’s rivals in the movie. The rappers usually acquire and battle every single other at a location recognized as The Shelter Lotto and Jimmy go head-to-head at the conclude of the movie.
Acquiring received the coin toss, Jimmy has Lotto go initial, but he is not concerned to start issues off. His freestyle is crammed with assertions of his dominance and interspersed with racial commentary and jabs at Jimmy’s whiteness: “I’ll spit a racial slur, honky, sue me/This shit is a horror flick, but the Black person doesn’t die in this film.” He provides afterwards, “You believe these niggas gon’ truly feel the shit you say?/I acquired a better chance joinin’ the KKK.”
Most likely the most very well recognised line from Lotto’s verse is when he likens Jimmy to a popular 1950s sit-com character: “Fuck ‘Lotto, connect with me your leader/I come to feel poor I gotta murder that dude from ‘Leave it to Beaver/I applied to like that demonstrate, now you acquired me in struggle back again method.”
Though Jimmy finishes up winning the struggle, the crowd loves Lotto’s audacious disses.
Rapper Mickey Factz took to Instagram to shell out tribute to Breedlove, posting the struggle from “8 Mile” and producing, “RIP to 1 of the couple of emcee’s to beat Eminem… Lotto from 8 Mile. Who’s buddies lovingly called him, OX. You will be skipped for your tenacity and aggressiveness.”
Beyond “8 Mile,” Breedlove was also featured on the soundtrack for the 2001 movie “The Wash,” alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey.