The Missouri born and Detroit bred Slim Shady does it again! With Barbadian bombshell Rhianna in tow, Eminem unleashes “The Monster” their second successful collaboration since 2010’s "Love the Way You Lie".
Released on October 29, 2013, "The Monster" is the fourth single from The Marshall Mathers LP2, which is a continuation of his 2001 chart topper, The Marshall Mathers LP.
In addition to its melodic content, "Monster" features dark and emotional tones. The song's hook features Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, as she soulfully belts out:
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 holdin' your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah you think I'm crazy
Meanwhile, Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame as he flows:
I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my music
Wanted to be left alone in public excuse me
For wanting my cake, and eat it too, and wanting it both ways
Fame made me a balloon cause my ego inflated
For the die hard Shady fans, this song, like many other tracks on the album show his rapid maturity, not only as an artist, but as a human being. The first Marshall Mathers LP, was recorded when Em, was going through tough times. He now has a different outlook on things, and this factor is relevant in his music.
Although the new vibe may leave some of the old fans feeling alienated, one must realize that Eminem, now 41, cannot tell the same story that he did in his 20's. He has grown from his trials and tribulations. This is showcased in lyrics such as:
Now, I ain't much of a poet but I know somebody
Once told me to seize the moment and don't squander it
Cause you never know when it all could be over tomorrow
So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder
Where these thoughts spawn from
“The Monster” has charted worldwide. Debuting on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 3, the hit has continuously topped the charts in 13 different countries including Canada, France, United Kingdom. It is also Eminem’s first US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart number one, in addition to being his ninth top 10 hit.
With hits like this,one can't help but wonder what he'll think of next.
The Marshall Mathers LP2 is in stores now.