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Single of the Day: Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster
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Single of the Day: Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster 

Released by: Universal Music Indonesia

Agak susah menciptakan kolaborasi sekuel dengan taraf sukses yang serupa. Jennifer Lopez bekerja keras untuk ini, berusaha mewujudkan kolaborasi lanjutannya dengan Pitbull se-happening ‘On The Floor’. Nelly dan Kelly Rowland malah kewalahan saat kolaborasi kedua mereka tak ada apa-apanya dibanding ‘Dilemma’. Bukan sekedar keberuntungan yang hinggap pada Eminem dan Rihanna, yang ternyata masih jitu dengan kolaborasi sekuel mereka, ‘The Monster‘. Masih ada excitement dengan jumlah yang sama dengan ‘Love The Way You Lie’ dulu, sehingga kedua pun bisa menikmati level sukses serupa.

Ironi seringnya berkonotasi negatif. Penggunaannya pada kalimat sebaliknya justru menimbulkan makna yang kurang tepat. Well, sebutlah anti-ironi yang terjadi pada ‘The Monster’. Rihanna punya bagian lirik yang gamblang menceritakan tentang keakrabannya dengan sisi negatif dirinya, dan Eminem pun sibuk membeberkan mengenai efek buruk dari ketenarannya. Seluruh kejelekan itu justru menaburkan kebaikan sebagai respon yang diterima single ini: menyeruak ke puncak chart, berdegup keras di airplay, berputar ulang di channel video, dan pastinya akan menjadi unggulan kuat untuk awarding. That’s the anti-ironi. Hukum tabur tuai tak berlaku disini.

Frequency dan Aalias membantu di departemen produksi single ini. Nuansa yang mereka ciptakan inventif; mediasi lirik dan musik. Penyandingan beat yang condong ke cepat dengan tipe lirik yang menjorok pada kondisi kelam menciptakan kualitas eksentrik. Ini adalah karya pertama mereka yang menguap ke permukaan, sehingga sebesar-besarnya pencapaian yang Em dan Rih jangkau dengan single ini, hikmah yang lebih dahsyat justru yang diperoleh oleh the man behind the curtain. Ini bisa jadi peringatan awal akan kehadiran mereka. Em dan Rih sudah pernah membuat Alex Da Kid naik daun, dan efek serupa bisa jadi menghidupkan kisah sukses pada produser selanjutnya.

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(Ai Hasibuan / CreativeDisc Contributor)

LYRIC
[Hook – 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

[Verse 1 – Eminem:]
I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh, well, guess beggars can’t be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my music
Wanted to be left alone in public. Excuse me
For wanting my cake and eat it too, and wanting it both ways
Fame made me a balloon ’cause my ego inflated
When I blew; see, but 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 (wooh!)
Hit the lottery, oh wee
But with what I gave up to get was bittersweet
It was like winning a used me
Ironic ’cause I think I’m getting so huge I need a shrink
I’m beginning to lose sleep: one sheep, two sheep
Going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith
But I’m actually weirder than you think
‘Cause I’m

[Hook – 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

[Verse 2 – Eminem:]
No, 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 all could be over tomorrow
So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from
(Yeah, ponder it, do you want this?
It’s no wonder you’re losing your mind, the way it wanders)
Yo-lo-lo-lo-yee-whoo
I think you’ve been wandering off down yonder
And stumbled onto Jeff VanVonderen
‘Cause I need an interventionist
To intervene between me and this monster
And save me from myself and all this conflict
‘Cause the very thing that I love’s killing me and I can’t conquer it
My OCD is conking me in the head
Keep knocking, nobody’s home, I’m sleepwalking
I’m just relaying what the voice in my head’s saying
Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just friends with the

[Hook – 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

[Verse 3: Eminem]
Call me crazy, but I had this vision
One day that I’d walk amongst you a regular civilian
But until then drums get killed and I’m coming straight at
MCs, blood get spilled and I
Take it back to the days that I get on a Dre track
Give every kid who got played that
Pumped up feeling and shit to say back
To the kids who played ’em
I ain’t here to save the fucking children
But if one kid out of a hundred million
Who are going through a struggle feels and then relates that’s great
It’s payback, Russell Wilson falling way back
In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that
Straw into gold chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack
Maybe I need a straight jacket, face facts
I am nuts for real, but I’m okay with that
It’s nothing, I’m still friends with the

[Hook – 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
[x2]

Well, that’s nothing
Well, that’s nothing

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