Eminem recently discussed his “The Monster” collaboration with Rihanna.
“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,” Eminem said during an interview with SiriusXM radio station Shade 45. “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.”
Eminem also said that he knew Rihanna was a good fit for the song as soon as he heard it.
“As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it,” Eminem said. “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…I had to send it to her because schedules were conflicting and sh– 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.”
Rihanna is featured on the hook for the song, which may have a video for it soon.
“I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed,” Rihanna sings. “Get along with the voices inside of my head/ You trying to save me, stop holding your breath…You think I’m crazy.”
Eminem and Rihanna have collaborated on several selections, including “Love the Way You Lie,” “Love the Way You Lie 2” and “Numb.”
The song’s co-writer, Jon Bellion spoke with HipHopDX in an interview published yesterday (November 5). During the interview, Bellion talked about Eminem’s interpretation of his chorus.
“I wrote the lyric, ‘I’m friends with the Monsters that’s under my bed’ mainly because sometimes you can’t necessarily get rid of your demons,” Bellion said. “You can’t necessarily, completely just not be fearful or not have an addiction or a problem so you kind of have to live with it and learn to like, kind of live with monsters. He’s not going to go away. The monster is still there but he’s got to learn to live with it and deal with it and kind of co-exist with your demons ’cause demons will never just be gone. You’ll never just be happy your entire life. So I think he really hit the nail on the head ’cause he really addressed everything. He addressed the drug problem, he addressed the issues with fame. I think those were his monsters that you can’t really get rid of. I think he’ll always be relatively addicted. I think he’ll always be relatively annoyed by the fame and all that stuff. But it’s something he’s going to have cope with. I think he literally hit the nail on the head with exactly what I meant.”
Eminem’s interview on Shade45 can be viewed below.