Rihanna on duet with Eminem: It was authentic
July 27th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Rihanna on duet with Eminem: It was authentic

It’s not at all a coincidence that Rihanna, a former victim of domestic violence, is singing the vocals on Eminem’s chart-topping track about an abusive relationship, “Love the Way You Lie.”

When the Detroit rapper called her up to talk about a collaboration, the 22-year-old singer said she couldn’t say no.

“It’s something that we’ve both experienced on different sides, different ends of the table,” Rihanna told Access Hollywood. “It was authentic and it was real, it was believable for us to do a record like that, and it’s also something that needed to be done.”

Em penned lyrics like, “If she ever tries to [expletive] leave again/I'mma tie her to the bed/And set the house on fire,” with Rihanna singing, “Just gonna stand there/And watch me burn/But that's alright/Because I like/The way it hurts.” It’s heavy stuff, certainly, but Rihanna said she was impressed with the way Eminem expressed such a difficult topic.

“The way that he did it was so clever,” she told Access. “He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence, and it’s something that a lot of people don’t have a lot of insight on, so this song is really powerful.”

The Barbadian singer added that she wasn’t at all apprehensive about working with Em because she was confident he wasn’t just trying to exploit her well-publicized past.

“Eminem is an artist of class, and I knew if he sent me a record, there must be something to it. It couldn’t just be, ‘Oh, duh, she was in that relationship so we have to get her,’” she said. “It was really a deep song, and the lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and intense, it was something that I understood, something that I connected with."

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    Rihanna is perfect and like a goddess, Great Voice, Lovely Face and Great Body :

    November 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beverage Dispenser 

    Rihanna definitely got that ege when it comes to voice alone`*.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mandy

    Eminem it just the best at colaborating so many differnet artists in different types of music. He just keeps getting better! Keep it coming, everybody does enjoy your music! I think it's a great and wise decision not to get involved with the internet. Just be a good father which we know you are!

    August 17, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. antonio

    I don't know why so many people don't like Rihanna's new song?! I think she is absolutely fantastic!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marci'elago

    This song is amazing....love everything about...I even did a cover of it. Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdPKlSN1O60

    August 5, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Odalice Feliz

    Eminem is a genius,

    July 31, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kelly

    Just have to vent...heard this song for the first time today. Although it sounds very catchy it's a bunch of CRAP!! Sure was interesting explaining the lyrics to my 7 year old daughter (turned it off pretty quick). I get it-you were in an abusive relationship and the lyrics are "so deep", but after hearing this STUPID song it sounds like you freaking "liked it". You people are sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to make a come back, losers. There is just no excuse to subject listeners to such graphic lyrics. You might be thinking your helping fellow abused people, but think again. Give me a break, morons!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. creative

    Since when is Eminem an artist of class?! He is pathetic in his verbal abuse of women, then he gets a hit out of admitting to domestic violence too. Rihanna must have left a few brain cells on that dash board. Wow, Americans will buy anything even in the face of insults to their intelligence.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ja


    lil wayne is garbage, always has been its pathetic for people to bring his name up like hes ever done a verse that had anything to it

    "i have more jewels than your jeweler" yea lil wayne is a genius

    July 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sandy

    I can say is , Eminem you are brilliant

    July 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I can't just sit here and let someone say Eminem is brilliant. That is ludicrous. Eminem was brilliant about a decade ago. Since then he has put out two albums that are so garbage he has to resort to bashing them on his own CD to sound relevant. Seriously, how hard do you think Lil Wayne had to work to tone down his verse to not overshadow Eminem on his own CD. Rianna is the reason people like this song, get a clue.

      July 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan = Fail

      Never mention Lil Wayne again. That guy has no talent. His lyrics are very clever, but that's all they are. There is no meaning behind any of his lyrics.

      July 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • judy

      did you really just mention lil wayne and eminem in the same sentence? You have got to be kidding me. eminem's latest album is fantastic and this song is one of the best songs I have heard in awhile

      July 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Dines

    brownie1... I think that's the point. Crazy messed up relationship.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. brownie1

    they BOTH sound CRAZY to me!!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Beasterdamas

    That's heavy stuff? Get the f...out of here...Those lyrics are really not so hot...

    July 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. portalpunk

    your so insightful, thanks for that deep tidbit of clarity.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. onions and garlic

    it really is impressive that in as much as this track is manufactured for radio,it doesn't sound corny.its brilliant.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |

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