Eminem Drops "The Monster" Featuring Rihanna

Eminem, Rihanna

Eminem Drops "The Monster" Featuring Rihanna

Duo reunites for the fourth single off "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."

Published October 29, 2013

Just a week ahead of the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem unleashes the collection's fourth single, a reunion with Rihanna called "The Monster" (#HappyHalloween).

Rih Rih opens the song -- a cross between a Pixar movie, a dance track, and their last collaboration, "Love the Way you Lie" -- with her signature unapologetic observations, "I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ You're trying to save me/ Stop holding your breath/ And you think I'm crazy/ Yeah, you think I'm crazy/ Well that's not fair."

Em then delivers a blow to the monstrosity of celebrity, "I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek," he laments. "Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey/ Wanted to receive attention for my music/ Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me."

And by the end -- spoiler alert -- he slays it, "Straw into gold? Chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack," but in a respectful, Kendrick Lamar "Control" kind of way, "I am nuts for real, but I'm okay with that/ It's nothing, I'm still friends with the [monster]."

Speaking of Lamar, he's the only rap feature on the album, which in addition to him and Rihanna includes Skylar Grey, British blues/rock singer Jamie N. Commons, and pop singers Nate Ruess (from fun.) and Sia (from Australia).

Prior to "The Monster," Em released "Rap God," a six-minute commentary on his lyrical prowess that was considered a friendly elbow to Lamar and raised the ire of LGBT community advocates; "Survival," which came packaged with a video game; and "Berzerk," which announced that Rick Rubin would be behind the boards for the set.

The Marshall Mather LP 2 drops Nov. 5. 

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Written by BET-Staff


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