Eminem has a history of releasing the first single from a new album that's playful in approach and catches his listeners by surprise. "The Real Slim Shady," "We Made You" and more recently "Berzerk" were all great examples of Em's creative output. Similarly, he has a history of providing records that are bona fide smash hits. It's fair to say his latest single "The Monster" featuring Rihanna from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is already on its way there.
In a recent interview with MTV and Shade 45's Sway Calloway, Eminem explained how the song came together. "I sent it to her, she laid the hook, sent it back. She smashed it like she does always. It's pretty incredible," he says. "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." There's nothing nuts about the possibility of this record topping the charts just like their collaboration "Love the Way You Lie" did in 2010.
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out now.
UPDATE: Em continued the conversation with MTV, and he discussed the concept of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and compared it to its predecessor. He also talked about how the Kendrick Lamar "Love Game" collaboration came together, and how he respected Kendrick as a lyricist and as a labelmate before reaching out to him to get on a song. He said that he preferred to do a song like "Love Game" because he knew people wouldn't expect it.
Meanwhile, Em also talks about "Rap God," and jokes that the process of writing the song was spontaneous and freestyled. In talking about the controversy that has come from the song within the homosexual community, Em said that he would prefer for his music to make a statement and make people react in some way than not making them react at all.