Rihanna Had Doubts About Recording ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’

A second version of Rihanna and Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” almost didn’t happen because R&B star Rihanna didn’t want to play with greatness. The “Only Girl” singer was a bit skeptical about recording a part II of the hit single for her forthcoming 5th studio album ‘Loud,’ because she didn’t think she could compete with the original version. “When I first heard the idea about doing a part two, I was just completely against it,” she tells MTV News. “I just felt like you couldn’t beat the original. There’s no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?” Someone on Rihanna’s team really wanted her to record the sequel because they kept trying out several versions until one hit home. “We heard a broken-down version that was stripped down, just piano … that’s going to be a bonus on iTunes,” she said. “I fell in love with it. We recorded it, then we did another version to the stripped-down version with drums, then we did another version with drums and Eminem. And then that was the one that just felt really good. “I love both: I love the broken-down version, as well as the new one with Eminem,” she continued. As far as Eminem’s feature, Rihanna says his verse is “crazy.” “Something is wrong with Eminem,” she said, laughing. “He has so much in his mind that I almost feel lucky for him that he has music. … Music is such a great release for him. He’s one of my favorite artists.”


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