The Monster - Eminem feat. Rihanna


www.last.fmby Matthew Whalen


The Experience: 
The very things that I love is killing me and I can't conquer it...Call me crazy, but I had this vision, One day that I'd walk amongst you regular civilians. But for now,  I'm friends with the Monster. Is it worth losing yourself for fame?..


The Video: Eminem undergoes pscho-analysis first with Rihanna and then strapped to a bed with another doctor peering over him. He falls through an elevator shaft he couldn't get out of until. When he comes out, he approaches a cage with "the monster" inside. It turns out to be him. It tosses him a piece of paper which he shoves in his pocket, an obvious reference to his only relating "what the voice in my head saying." It brings out that this is a reflection about his darker side, hence the clips at the beginning, references to Slim Shady and the like. 

My Take: 
The Rush to fame is like a lottery win. What I gave up to get was bittersweet, and it's ironic 'cause I think I'm getting so big I need a shrink. Driven crazy, but with a glimmer of hope, Marshall Mathers envisions himself one day being a normal citizen, free from this lifestyle without a life. But for now he seems stuck to his Monster, and his sole consolation is that maybe his song of suffering has helped one kid out of a hundred million  to get ahead. 

And I was right. This song far outpassed Rap God and took it all the way to the top on Billboard. 

Ask Yourself: Can you gain anything if you lose yourself?  



LYRICS:


[Rihanna]
I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy (crazy)

[Eminem]
I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh well, guess beggers can't be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my music
Wanted to be left alone, public excuse me
Been wanting my cake, I need it too
Wanting it both ways
Fame may be a balloon cause my ego inflated
When I blew seep it was confusing
Cause all I wanted to do is be the Bruce Lee of loose leaf
Abused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steam
Hit the lottery (oh wee)
With what I gave up to get was bittersweet
It was like winning a huge meet
Ironic 'cause I think I'm getting so big I need a shrink
I'm beginning to lose sleep: one sheep, two sheep
Going cucko and cuckier as Kool Keith
But I'm actually weirder than you think
Cause I'm...

[Rihanna]
I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing
Well, that's nothing

[Eminem]
Now I ain't much of a poet
But I know somebody once told me to seize the moment
And don't squander it
Cause you never know when it could all be over
Tomorrow so I keep conjuring
Sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from
(Yeah, ponder it, do you wonder there's no wonder you're losing your mind the way you're brought up?)
I think you've been wandering off down yonder and stumbled upon Jeff VanVonderen
Cause I needed an intervention in this to intervene between me and this monster
And save me from myself and all this conflict
Cause the very things that I love is killing me and I can't conquer it
My OCD is clonking me in the head
Keep knocking, nobody's home, I'm sleepwalking
I'm just relaying what the voice of my head saying
Don't shoot the messenger, I'm just friends with the...

[Rihanna]
I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing
Well, that's nothing

[Eminem]
Call me crazy, but I had this vision
One day that I'd walk amongst you regular civilians
But until then drums get killed I'm coming straight at
Emcees, blood get spilled and I
Take it back to the days that I get on a Dre track
Give every kid who got played gat
Pumped the villian and sh_t that say back
To the kids who played 'em
I ain't here to save the f_cking children
But if one kid out of a hundred million
Who are going through a struggle feels and relates that's great
It's payback, Russell Wilson falling way back
In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that
Straw in the gold chump I will spend
Rumpelstiltskin in a hay stack
Maybe I need a straightjacket, face facts
I am nuts for real, but I'm okay with that
It's nothing, I'm still friends with a...

[Rihanna]
I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy

I'm friends with the monster
That's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me
Stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy
Yeah, you think I'm crazy

Well, that's nothing...

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