Love The Way You Lie (Part II)

Songfacts®:

  • This Eminem featuring track is a sequel to the duo's hit single "Love The Way You Lie." The song was produced by Alex da Kid, who also helmed the original song and this time it takes the female's perspective of an embattled relationship.
  • Rihanna admitted to MTV News that she had some hesitation about trying to re-create the magic of that first song. "When I first heard the idea about doing a part two, I was just completely against it," she revealed. "I just felt like you couldn't beat the original. There's no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?"

    However, after trying out several versions she agreed to record a sequel. "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."

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