Whereas the original version of Eminem’s song only featured Rihanna on the chorus, “Love The Way You Lie (Part II)” finds the Marie Claire cover girl taking the driver’s seat.
“You’ll always be my hero even though you’ve lost your mind,” Rihanna laments in the lyrics of this more pensive, piano-driven version of the song. Later she sings, “In this tug of war you’ll always win, even when I’m right.”
Eminem comes in after about three minutes with a biting rap: “Hush, baby, speak softly / Tell me you’re awfully sorry you pushed me into the coffee table last night so I can push you off me.”
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We admit that, like Rihanna herself, we thought the idea of a sequel to “Love The Way You Lie” seemed like a really bad proposition. But after hearing the lyrical story of abuse from Rihanna’s point of view on “Part II,” it seems to give Eminem’s original version the arc we never knew it needed.
What do you think of “Love The Way You Lie (Part II)”?