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Riff: Eminem – “The Monster (feat. Rihanna)”

Oct 30, 2013

Give every kid who got played at, pumped up feeling/And shit to say back to the kids who play ‘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

from The Monster lyrics by Eminem

The eternal conflict between good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, boxers vs. briefs wages on in this long and winding road to perdition. Abound with robust basslines, thumping breaks and the siren song of one Rihanna, Mr. Hyde bows out gracefully and allows Dr. Jekyll an opportunity to atone for his sins.

  • MARY MENDRALLA

    I RECENTLY LOST MY OLDEST CHILD TO SUCIDE WE ARE ALL STRUGGLING WITH THE “MONSTER” THAT LIVED UNDER HIS BED.
    HE CHOSE TO LISTEN TO EMINEM IN HIS LAST MOMENTS ON THIS EARTH BEFORE HE STEPPED OFFTO ENTER THE NEXT PHASE OF HIS WORLDLY PATH
    THE MORNING I HEARD THE NEWS FROM THE CPD THIS SONG WAS PLAYING ON THE RADIO
    HOW FITTING THAT NOT ONLY THIS ARTIST BUT THIS SONG IN PARTICULAR
    WE ALL FIGHT THE DEMONS OF OUR LIVE AND DREAMS
    SOME ARE ABLE TO WRITE TO GET THROUGH, OTHERS ARE NOT SO LUCKY. THE WORDS OF THIS SONG REALLY HIT HOME FOR MY FAMILY. MY SON ALWAYS CONNECTED WITH THIS ARTIST, FROM WAY BACK IN THE SLIM SHADY DAYS
    I HOPE TO GET THE CHANCE TO MEET HIM HAND HIM THE CD THAT MY SON WAS LISTENING TO AND THANK HIM FOR UNDERSTANDING THE FIGHT SO MANY DEAL WITH AND FIND SOME TYPE OF COMFORT IN HIS LYRICS
    MY SON WAS A MAN OF WORDS, MUSIC AND KINDNESS
    SOME DAY I HOPE TO TAKE HIS MANY BEAUTIFUL TWISTED RHYMES AND TURN THEM INTO SOMETHING THAT TOUCH AS MANY PEOPLE AS THIS ARTIST HAS
    LIKE IT OR NOT CALL HIM A SELL OUT CALL HIM A GENIUS OR A TOOL JUST REMEMBER WHAT HE WRITRES ABOUT IS WHAT HE FEELS AND THIS IS HIS WAY OF DEALING WITH THE PRESSURES OF THIS WORLD WE ALL LIVE IN
    HOPEFULLY HIS MUSIC KEEPS THE MONSTERS IN OTHERS LIFE FROM WINNING
    REST IN PEACE PWT

    • J. Min

      I’m not going to pretend and say I understand, but thank you, truly, for sharing. Rest in peace PWT.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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