Eminem and Rihanna are a great team when it comes to rap music. They've teamed up for songs like "Love the Way You Lie," "Numb" and "Berzerk." Now, they're back with their latest single, "The Monster," which could be one of Eminem's most bona fide smash hits yet.
The lyrics of the song are about coping with the dark side of yourself, and being friends with your monster instead of trying to push it away. This may seem like a simple concept, but it's actually pretty complicated and requires a lot of thought to fully understand.
Initially, the chorus was written by young recording artist Bebe Rexha while she was working on her own debut album. She felt that the chorus was special, and that it would make a great song to be featured on her own record.
But it was Shady Records' senior director of A&R, Riggs Morales, who had the idea to use this track as a sample on Eminem's new album. When he heard the song, he asked for the verses to be cut and ProTools sessions to be sent to Em.
When it came time to record the song, Em took Rexha's melody and wrote his rhymes over it. He then invited Rihanna to sing the hook; Rexha's original background vocals were left in the mix. The result is a powerful and emotional collaboration between two of the most popular artists in modern music. It also topped the charts in several countries, including Australia and the US.