A sequel to the original Eminem/Rihanna collaboration “Love the Way You Lie”, this song instead looks at the situation from the female perspective, with Rihanna taking lead this time around.
Following the release and commercial success of the original Eminem felt they should record a sequel to/an alternate version of the song. In an interview with MTV, Rihanna stated that initially she was “very against” recording a sequel, saying:
When I first heard the idea about doing a part two, I was just completely against it. I just felt like you couldn’t beat the original. There’s no way you can outdo that, so why compete with it?
She went on to say that when she heard the original “broken down” demo version of the song in the studio with Eminem, sung by American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, all of her reservations about recording it went away.
See the original Skylar Grey demo below: