Eminem and Rihanna Are Exercising Their Inner Fame Demons In “The Monster” (Explicit)

The Monster - Eminem ft Rihanna

The Monster” is a song by hip hop recording artist Eminem, featuring guest vocals from Rihanna, taken from Eminem’s eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song was written by Marshall Mathers, Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha, with production handled by Frequency. “The Monster” marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following Love the Way You Lie and its sequel (2010) and Numb (2012). “The Monster” was released in October 2013, as the fourth single from the album. The song’s interesting lyrics present Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.

“The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide. In November 2012, singer Bebe Rexha was at Stadium Red Studio in Harlem, New York working on a material to be included in her debut studio album. During studio sessions Rexha stated that she “was in a really dark place, a dark head space. Figuring out where you are in life and trying to make shit work for yourself, it gets to you. You get super down on yourself. I was just trying to get out of a depressed phase.” At that moment, she reportedly wrote the hook for “The Monster” and at the time she wrote it she says she knew that it was going to be a song performed by Eminem. Rexha also further explained she got the inspiration from the quote “about the monsters that are around us and that live inside of us.” Additionally, Rexha had expressed that she was pretty disappointed at being dropped from the Island Def Jam record label…

The wild music video for The Monster was Eminem’s third to be directed by the filmmaker Rich Lee. He filmed Eminem’s and Rihanna’s parts in November 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Rihanna makes an appearance in the five-minute clip as a sexy therapist. Rocking a gorgeous black bob, RiRi observes the infamous Detroit rapper as he watches some dark parts of his life being played on the screen. Eminem also looks back at some moments in his career. The music video also features references to past music videos Eminem has released including My Name Is“, “Lose Yourself“, “The Way I Am and the 2001 Grammy Awards performance of Stan with Elton John.

The Senior Director of A&R for Shady Records, Riggs Morales started looking for potential songs to be included on Eminem’s eighth studio album. When the songs’ producer, Frequency had played “The Monster” for Morales he “freaked out” and asked for verses to be stripped and ProTools sessions to be sent directly to Eminem.

When Eminem heard the demo he added his own verses and also adjusted the instrumental of the track. However, he originally left the background vocals sang by Rexha who had co-wrote the song. October 2013, Rexha tweeted that she recorded a “#monster” hook for one of her favorite artists.” Eminem had revealed the track listing for his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, that included “The Monster” on which Rihanna was credited as the featured artist. In November 2013, Rexha also tweeted that “We all have demons in our heads. They’re those little voices that keep telling you your not good enough. Yeah, tell them to shut the fuck up.” Agreed, we all should really do our best ignore those evil voices of fame.

On Set - The Monster - Rihanna and Eminem

Shortly after premiering the song, Eminem had spoke about also working with Rihanna again, “The perception of the record, what it’s saying, I thought it would be a good idea to have her on it because I think people look at us like we’re both a little nuts. That’s one of the things that I was telling her in making the record: I think that people look at us a little crazy.” On “The Monster” single, Rihanna uses the catchy hook to come to grasp her inner fame demons and to set-up Eminems’ rhymes: “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed / Get along with the voices inside of my head / You trying to save me, stop holding your breath, And you think I’m crazy / Yeah, you think I’m crazy (crazy).” Eminem ponders all the negative effects of his uber fame: “I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek / Oh well, guess beggers can’t be choosey / Wanted to receive attention for my music / Wanted to be left alone in public excuse me / Been wanting my cake, And eat it too / And wanting it both ways / Fame made me a balloon cause my ego inflated…” Fame does that to people…

During the interview Eminem candidly revealed, “As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it. I wanted to make sure that I had it finished first to be able to present to her, but once I had the rhymes done, I sent it to her.” He admitted there were some problems when recording the song, he had said, “I had to send it to her because schedules were conflicting and shit like that. Plus, the record it was kinda pulled together at the last minute. I sent it to her, she laid the hook, sent it back. She smashed it like she does always. It’s pretty incredible.” We agree with him as Rihanna is an amazing performer that always comes out winning.

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