Released: 28th October 2013.
The fourth single release from Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' record and also his fourth collaboration with Bajan pop megastar Rihanna is "The Monster". The pair first duetted on 2010's biggest worldwide smash "Love The Way You Lie", then again on that chart-topper's sequel, and once more on "Numb", a cut from Miss Fenty's latest record, 'Unapologetic'. The latter two collaborations had Eminem serving as the featured act so now it's Rihanna's turn to play the back-up role, but does she play her part well?
For a song with such an ominous title, the actual track is surprisingly light in its production. It's very pop-heavy and quite catchy with some irresistible whistles accompanying the chorus. Eminem's verses are decent too and Rihanna's hook definitely commands attention, but the entire song sounds like a watered down version of both stars' true potential so the end product, though passable, is slightly underwhelming when the calibre of the acts involved is assessed. However, radio is likely to welcome this collaboration with open arms so don't be surprised if "The Monster" at least lives up to its title on the charts.
Eminem gets Rihanna for a fourth collaboration with "The Monster". The song is a light, catchy pop track that will definitely get huge mainstream success worldwide. However, the song is underwhelming.
"The Monster" is the kind of safe, generic track you would expect an upcoming rapper and an upcoming singer to make in order to get radio play and mainstream success. Eminem and Rihanna, on the other hand, are arguably the biggest stars of their respective genres and any song they made would have gotten media attention. You would expect them to try something a little more experimental, but they didn't. While "The Monster" is a good and catchy song, it's just underwhelming coming from two of the biggest stars on the planet.