For My Sunday Song #55, I am going with Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”. The song features Rihanna and is one of my favorite Eminem songs and favorite songs period. The song was released on June 25, 2010 and is on the album ‘Recovery’. It is one of Eminem’s most successful song selling over 6 million copies, hitting #1 on almost ever chart, receiving numerous Grammy nominations and winning the Billboard Award for Best Rap song in 2011. To say this song struck a chord with a lot of people is an understatement.
Why do I like this song? Easy…it is bringing to light a very dark subject matter that isn’t talked about enough. Domestic Violence. The song is about a couple in an abusive relationship that refuses to separate despite the dangerous situation they are in. The song is very graphic and so is the video which I will discuss shortly. The song’s dark theme and powerful music along with the combination of Rihanna’s vocals and Eminem’s aggressive rap encapsulates every emotion that you would imagine this kind of relationship would garner. I also love how the song jumps from pleasant views to the violent aspects and back and forth. It really makes the song impactful.
What I also find interesting about the song is that it actually mirrors both singers life. Eminem was in an abusive relationship with his ex-wife Kim and of course every one knows Rihanna’s history with her former boyfriend Chris Brown. Knowing their history adds so much credibility to the song.