“Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album Loud (2010). It features guest vocals from American rapper Eminem, who wrote the song alongside Skylar Grey and the producer Alex da Kid. It is the sequel to the 2010 hit single “Love the Way You Lie”, which appears on Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery.
Following the release and commercial success of “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010, Eminem wanted to record an alternative version with Rihanna as the lead vocalist, viewing aspects of a relationship from a female perspective, unlike the original, which featured Eminem as lead vocalist and was from a male perspective.
Eminem wrote the verses and chose the Barbadian singer Rihanna to sing the chorus; their past experiences in difficult relationships influenced the collaboration. Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip hop ballad with a pop refrain and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship.
The original was a huge hit so check out the sequel going on Rihanna’s new project, coming Nov 16th. Eminem drops some more sweet bars on the third verse. More of an R&B feel.
To describe the difference between Part II of this song versus part I, Emily Mackay of NME commented that the vocals provided by Rihanna and Eminem in the song, is in “great contrast in Part II of ‘Love The Way You Lie’. With the balance of vocals neatly flipped and extra cavernous beats ramping up the drama, it wallows ever-deeper in the tortured relationship sketched out in Part I. Eminem at points is practically screaming with rage, and sounding, frankly, mental. The contrast with Rihanna’s smoothly pitched pain (“Maybe I’m a masochist/Try to run but I don’t wanna never leave”) is delicious.”
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