Today marks the release of Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, his eighth studio album and a sequel to his 2000 landmark release, The Marshall Mathers LP. It also includes the song "Monster," which marks the fourth time Em and Rihanna have collaborated on a song. Eminem says that their partnership works because the public perceives both artists as being a bit wacky.
"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 on Monday. "As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it. 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."
The rapper's manager and Shady Records head Paul Rosenberg did confirm to MTV News that a music video for "Monster" is forthcoming. Meanwhile, Slim Shady will grace the cover of Rolling Stone for its November 22 issue. In the interview, the magazine addresses the fact that some people have taken umbrage to the rapper using gay slurs in his new single, "Rap God." However, he reiterated that in his mind, those words are not gay slurs.
When asked why he uses the words "faggot" and "gay-looking" as an insult, Em explains: "I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words [to mean homosexual]. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career – I say so much shit that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke."