Who Was Nashawn Breedlove: The actor Nashawn Breedlove, known for his portrayal in the film “8 Mile,” has died. In the film, he portrayed Lotto, a rapper who engaged Eminem in a rap combat.
Hip-hop fans are familiar with the 2002 film “8 Mile,” in which prominent rapper Eminem starred alongside notable actors such as the late Brittany Murphy, Taryn Manning, and Anthony Mackie, among others. The cast of “8 Mile” included Nashawn Breedlove, who depicted the rapper Lotto. Unfortunately, a recent Instagram post by a notable social media personality has shared the news of Nashawn Breedlove’s departure.
On Monday, September 25, renowned American hip-hop artist Mickey Factz posted a segment from the “8 Mile” film featuring Nashawn on Instagram. In the footage, Nashawn’s character, the rapper Lotto, is seen performing in front of a live audience and rapping.
Mickey Factz paid tribute in the caption, writing, “RIP to one of the few emcees who challenged Eminem… Lottery at 8 Mile. His peers affectionately refer to him as ‘OX’. You will be remembered for your resolve and ferocity.”
Neither Nashawn’s family nor his management have issued a statement regarding his reported death as of yet. According to HipHopDX, rapper Daylyt conveyed his condolences for the late actor in a comment under Mickey’s post, stating, “The first MC to be unfairly denied victory in a rap battle! Rest eternal, Lotto.” The news source also reported that artists Pete Rock, Onyx, and Grafh reacted to the news of Nashawn’s death.
What was the identity of Nashawn Breedlove?
In “8 Mile,” Nashawn’s character Lotto’s crew taunts Eminem’s character B-Rabbit and his crew by chanting “choke.” Later, the character is seen heckling other rappers in a parking lot, frequently alongside Papa Doc (Anthony Mackie) and his fiancée. Lotto engages in physical confrontations with B-Rabbit of Eminem.
Lotto, portrayed by Nashawn, wears a white tank top and braids during his final rap combat against Eminem in the film. He delivers witty lines, such as “I feel bad that I have to destroy that guy from ‘Leave It to Beaver’.”
Nashawn, an actor and musician, pursued a career in rap following his role in “8 Mile,” and notably contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 film “The Wash,” starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and DJ Pooh. He took on the rap name “Ox.”