"Lighters" is almost a Drake song, with that cloistered production sound everyone's aping these days. The verses by Eminem and Royce da 5'9" are both stellar, but Mars' chorus feels really tacked on to attract the masses, like Rihanna's contribution to last year's chart-topper "Love the Way You Lie." It's almost a distraction from an otherwise solid track, but Eminem is a record exec now and Royce is one of his clients, so making 5'9" a household height is imperative. "Lighters" will help. We'll stick with Recovery, though.
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We were initially concerned that the resurrection of Eminem's Bad Meets Evil collaboration with Royce da 5'9" also meant the return of Slim Shady's dreadful serial killer alter ego (their EP is called Hell: The Sequel, after all). However, the duo's new single "Lighters" leaked yesterday, and there's nothing morbid or satanic about it. Talk about false advertising. Human hit machine Bruno Mars sings the chorus, so really how grim could it be? Mars' hook is as banal as his chorus on B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," but when Em steps to the microphone, things get explicit: