2013 seemed to be a great year for Rihanna and Eminem for their new collaborative work. In this video, there is nothing that doesn’t spell out spectacular with both of these artists working together once again. After their astounding music collaboration in 2010 with “I love the way you lie”, this would be their third time presenting a song “The Monster” from Eminem’s eight studio album the Marshal Mathers LP2.
The lyrics where written by Marshall Mathers, Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha while being produced by Frequency and Symbolic one. The composition was really great and blends really well with Eminem and Rihanna’s singing, and at the same time, the song projects a collage of where Eminem started and where he was going in his future career through the inspection of his mind.
In the music video Rihanna is illustrated as his therapist and at the same time, the lyrics portray a discourse between them. The music video was directed by the American filmmaker Richard Lee who has filmed both artists in November 20 2013 in Detroit.
Going back to the music and the thought of it as a sequel to “I love the way you lie” is way to far from it, The Monster propels both artists’ techniques at their best, providing a thought provoking piece which pairs each interpretation as a marriage of hip-hop genius. The Monster emulates Eminem’s traditional kind of rapping subjects but also deeply reaching lyrics that describes his rise to fame and its turbulent pitfalls. Eminem raps about life’s woes, existential decadence and dark moments, but this time the music illuminates the temptations, pressure, how fame can lead you to misappropriate actions and indulgences. As seen in the video, there where snippets of Eminem’s previous videos like “Lose your self”, “The way I am” and “My name is”.
It’s like a reminiscent musical collage of his past dilemmas that he had overcome and restrained. In this episode of his life, his past is now tempting him to let it out and let it manifest within him again. It’s more of like Eminem is battling the insincerities inside him and wanting it to take over before he ends up resisting to the temptation of being famous. Overall the video should capture every fan’s attention from beginning to end, surfing back to his old hits, followed by his relation with Dr. Dre and of course, morphing into the lovely Rihanna as she plays her part.
It is going to be a very different Eminem after this battle he will look deep within himself and decide that he can do better and leave the old one behind. It is a sentimental utterance where listeners gets to empathize with, but it also projects an illuminating clarity to their private life. Eminem and Rihanna always make a great duet, between her soft and powerful vocals and Eminem’s very fast mega rhyming techniques; it brings forth a moving picture of his troubled life, and the willingness to abandon such weight to be a better person in the end.