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'The Monster' Eminem, Rihanna Shoot Music Video for Scary-Successful Hit [PHOTO]

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Nov, 21, 2013, 10:08 AM
"The Monster."
(Photo : Instagram/Eminem)

Eminem and Rihanna, pictured draped in all-black, posed for a photo Wednesday from the shoot of the rapper's music video for "The Monster." The collaboration is the second chart-topper for the dynamic pair, who previously achieved 11-time platinum honors for their 2010 hit "Love The Way You Lie."

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Shot in Em's native Detroit, the video was directed Rich Lee, who previously worked with the rapper on "Lighters" and "Not Afraid."

While Ri-Ri's chart-topping past with Eminem would seem like enough for the 40-year-old to suggest another hookup on Marshall Mathers LP 2, it wasn't the Barbadian singer's vocals that made her perfect for the track.

"The perception of the record, what it's saying, I thought it would be a good idea to have her on it because I think people look at us like we're both a little nuts. That's one of the things that I was telling her in making the record: I think that people look at us a little crazy," Eminem told MTV News.

He continued:

"As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it," Em said. "I wanted to make sure that I had it finished first to be able to present to her, but once I had the rhymes done, I sent it to her.

"I had to send it to her because schedules were conflicting and sh-- like that. Plus, the record it was kinda pulled together at the last minute," Em admitted. "I sent it to her, she laid the hook, sent it back. She smashed it like she does always. It's pretty incredible."

"The Monster's" success has placed Rihanna in elite music company, as the pop star has become just the third act in music history to have a number one single in the U.K. for seven consecutive years. Her fellow hit makers with this distinction are Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Rihanna's other six best-selling singles include "Diamonds" (2012), "We Found Love" (2011), "What's My Name" (2010), "Run This Town" (2009), "Take A Bow" (2008) and "Umbrella" (2007).

Take a listen to "The Monster" below:


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