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Cage

Cage famously claimed Eminem ripped off his style, has his own 8 Mile in the dream pipeline (with longtime fan Shia LaBeouf hoping to play him), and a new album that you could call his anti-Relapse-with Cage's entertainingly frank autobiography contrasting with Eminem's increasingly desperate agit-poop. But the more telling point of comparison is punk-rap from the Beasties to P.O.S., which Cage one-ups on Depart from Me by finding a new balance: "Fat Kids Need an Anthem" sounds less like hip-hop than like Mike Muir sputtering through Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" over a Big Black beat ("I went from fantasizing about women to fantasizing about food I can't eat anymore"), while "Kick Rocks" could make Le Tigre fans dance.

Actually, at this point, a harrowing Hollywood biopic would be an anticlimax.

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