'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' will be released Nov. 5. )
Eminem debuted his latest collaboration with Rihanna on his Sirius Satellite Radio station Monday.
The track, “The Monster,” is the fourth selection to be heard from Eminem’s upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.” On it, Eminem talks about his struggles with fame and his desire to be “the Bruce Lee of loose leaf,” and he briefly yodels at one point.
Rihanna weighs in on the chorus, singing, “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed, I 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 not fair.”
The song, which goes on sale at midnight Tuesday on iTunes, marks the third time Eminem and Rihanna have collaborated. Most notably, the two teamed up on “Love the Way You Lie,” a track from Eminem’s 2010 album, “Recovery,” that spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Em and Rihanna also joined forces on “Numb,” a track from Rihanna’s 2012 album, “Unapologetic.”
“The Monster” follows previous “Marshall Mathers LP 2” offerings “Berzerk,” “Survival” and “Rap God.” “Rap God” debuted at No. 1 on last week’s Nielsen SoundScan Digital Songs chart, after selling 270,000 downloads its first week.
Eminem’s promotional blitz kicks into overdrive this week, as he’s set to appear on “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, and he’ll also perform YouTube’s first-ever music awards show on Sunday. He’s participating in a question and answer session with fans at SiriusXM on Nov. 4, which will be aired on his Shade 45 station at noon Nov. 5.
“The Marshall Mathers LP 2” will be released Nov. 5.