Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.
RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic.
“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.
You can buy “The Monster” on iTunes starting at midnight; until then, listen below:
One question: Eminem named himself a “Rap God” on his last release, and now declares himself “The Monster” this time around. Is there a passive feud brewing between Kanye West and Slim Shady? West put out an album called Yeezus, and one of his signature singles from the past few years was My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s posse track “Monster.” It’s probably nothing, though in the absence of an Eminem album in three years, it does sometimes seem like West has taken Em’s place as hip-hop’s go-to crossover lightning rod.
Which “Monster” do you prefer: Kanye’s or Em’s?