Nashawn Breedlove, best known for his role as battle rapper “Lotto” in the 2002 hip-hop movie 8-Mile, sadly passed away at age 46. Breedlove died at his home in New Jersey, leaving behind a legacy of powerful performances on screen and in the rap battle scene.
On September 24, 8-Mile actor Nashawn Breedlove died in his sleep at his New Jersey home at just 46 years old.
As “Lotto” in 8-Mile, Breedlove captivated audiences with his intense battle rap skills. In the movie’s final scene, he faces off against Eminem’s character, “B-Rabbit,” delivering the iconic line:
“I’ll spit a racial slur, honky, sue me. The sh*t is a horror flick, but the black guy doesn’t die in this movie,” receiving cheers from the crowd.
Although his character eventually lost the battle, Breedlove’s performance left a lasting impression.
Before his breakthrough role in 8-Mile, Breedlove was a battle rapper himself, known by the stage name “OX.” His talent and passion for the art form led him to be featured in the soundtrack for the 2001 movie The Wash, with his track titled “Don’t Talk Sh*t.”
Breedlove’s dedication to his craft earned him respect from fellow artists, including New York rapper Mickey Factz, who recently paid tribute to him on Instagram, praising his tenacity and aggressiveness as a battle rapper:
“RIP to one of the few emcee’s to beat Eminem… Lotto from 8 Mile. Who’s friends lovingly called him, OX. You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness.”
In other news involving 8-Mile, 50 Cent has said he wanted to remake the movie into a TV series. In January 2023, the rapper/television mogul was being interviewed on Big Boy’s Neighborhood and said he wanted to make the movie version loosely based on Eminem’s life before fame.
In another tragic loss in the entertainment industry, rising star Angus Cloud from HBO’s hit show Euphoria recently passed away. The Alameda County Coroner’s office revealed that Cloud’s death was caused by “acute intoxication” from a lethal combination of methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and benzodiazepines.