Late last month we got our first listen of Eminem‘s new duet with Rihanna titled The Monster and today we learn that the BFFs are teaming up for a music video for the track. Rihanna posted a photo on her official Facebook profile that was snapped on the Detroit set of The Monster music video and as you can see below, she and Em look ready for business. In other, less happy Eminem news, we also learn today that the childhood home that he grew up in near 8 Mile road in Detroit (the one that was badly damaged in a fire) has been completely demolished :( I guess it’s a good news/bad news kind of day for Eminem.
Is Rihanna spending time in Detroit? Yep. A rep from Eminem’s Shady Records camp confirmed to the Free Press that Rihanna has been in the Motor City this week. She and Eminem are filming the music video to their “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” collaboration, “The Monster.” Shady was mum on any further details about the shoot for the tune, which is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. According to the website hotnewhiphop.com, it’s being directed by frequent Eminem collaborator Rich Lee, who also helmed the video for another “MMLP2” offering, “Rap God.” Rihanna set the online word buzzing with an Instagram post she made on Tuesday. You can see the snapshot via her @badgalriri account. Her note? “Hello #Detroit.”
This video is going to be FIRE! I can’t wait to see it. And speaking of fire, it turns out that that house fire that badly damaged Eminem‘s childhood home resulted in its total destruction and demolition:
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Blumke rode his bike nearly 5 miles from his home in Eastpointe today, planning to re-create Eminem LP covers with himself as the star, sitting on the porch of the metro Detroit rapper’s boyhood home in Detroit. Instead, he was greeted in the 19000 block of Dresden with a backhoe and demolition crew, the burned shell of the bungalow already loaded into a couple of semi trucks. “I was going to take a picture on the steps like he originally did a long time ago — but it didn’t happen,” Brandon said this afternoon, sitting on his BMX bike across the street from a demolition crew digging out the basement. “I had no idea. It sucks it got torn down. I thought they were going to try to make it a museum.” The abandoned bungalow, owned by Eminem’s mother in the late 1980s and early ’90s, burned Nov. 7, destroying the attic floor and charring much of the interior. The house was most recently owned by the Michigan Land Bank, a government program that manages and auctions abandoned and foreclosed properties. “It caught on fire after we had put it up for bid and tried to auction the house off,” said Mario Morrow, spokesman for the land bank. “The house was beyond repair, and it was a safety hazard to the community — to the children, the seniors. The best thing we felt to do was demolish it and expedite the demolition.”
I guess, the more I think about it, it’s probably for the best that Em‘s childhood home is no longer. I’m sure it reminds him of a time when he struggled and, well, he’s in a much more prosperous place. I am sad for the Detroit neighborhood that has to have another vacant lot where a home once stood but maybe the land can be used to build a new future for a new family … and the neighborhood as a whole.