Eminem Shows Off a Respectful Side on "Love the Way You Lie"; Rihanna Goes Backwards

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Eminem is shaping up to become quite the softy.

His first single off his current album, Recovery, was "Not Afraid," where he sang, "Everybody come take my hand, we'll walk this road together." He's also done collaborations with popster Pink and emo girl Hayley Williams of Paramore, whom in a past life, he might have made fun of. Pretty shocking stuff coming from the rapper who's built his career off of mocking celebrities and spitting about drugs and murder.

And his latest song to hit radio airwaves, "Love the Way You Lie," is downright pretty--mostly because of a cameo by Rihanna, but the track is a bonafide love song, albeit a twisted one. There's a good chance the song is about his on-again, off-again lover, Kim Scott, and it reveals a ton about the relationship.

He sings: "I love it the more that I suffer...Here we go again, it's so insane." He raps about how when things in the bond are good, he feels on top of the world, but when things are bad, he's snapped to the point of hitting her. He goes on to describe more of the up-and-down relationship, becoming especially vulnerable as he raps, "Baby, please come back. It wasn't you, baby, it was me." He apologizes for his actions but admits that he doesn't know if he really can change for good.

Then Rihanna comes in with the chorus, singing, "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that's alright because I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and here me cry, but that's alright, because I love the way you lie." Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Riri...if she's singing about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who physically abused her, then what a personal and revealing statement to make. Maybe she misses Brown like Eminem misses Scott, but it's very sad to hear Rihanna sing about wanting to stay with an abusive lover. Touching, but depressing, because those statements seem like a step backward for Rihanna, who has the opportunity to sing more about being strong and independent than staying with someone who hurts her.

It's still nice to hear Eminem be apologetic in a song, to admit his mistakes and to say that he wants to change for the better. It's a little odd that while he is admitting that domestic violence is a horrible thing, Rihanna is singing that it's OK because she loves her abuser. The song could have had a more positive overall impact, but instead, listeners are left with a conflicting message.

Rihanna, though her voice is gorgeous, wasn't the best choice for the song with the lyrics as they are, but the song would have been even more commendable if domestic abuse wasn't excused at all.

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Eek... This is a very immature article for me... Just because the song got popular these days does not mean that Rihanna is still feeling like she enjoys being abused... Maybe she once felt about them back then that's why she wouldn't leave Chris Brown despite everything... But then again, maybe from their experiences, they were able to come up with this great song to send out their stand on abusive relationships... And they're just wanting to show both sides of abusing someone and being abused...


I kind of disagree. I think the ending without a resolution, add to the feeling of being trapped in a cycle. But that's just me maybe? :)


I think the thing with Rihanna's line is that people are taking it the wrong way. I don't think it's meant to be quite so literal and personal.I think It's showing how someone on the receiving end of domestic abuse makes excuses for the behaviour, like they don't want to believe that it is what it is. I'm no psychologist at all, but I'm aware that this kind of mentality applies in a lot of things like abuse, so domestic abuse probably is too. I think this is what the line is supposed to show, not that Riri's a masochist, but that she doesn't want to believe that there's a real problem, even if she knows in some way that it's wrong 'just gonna stand there and hear me cry' she makes excuses 'but that's alright because I love the way you lie'.

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