Visionary Music Group's Jon Bellion shares the story of becoming the songwriter for Eminem & Rihanna's future #1 hit "The Monster"
Yesterday, Eminem officially released the next radio single off the Marshall Mathers LP 2 — the Rihanna-assisted "The Monster". However, she wasn't the only one to drop a dime to Em — the hook that Ri-Ri sings was written by a rising singer/songwriter that had not yet worked with either superstar: Jon Bellion.
Bellion sat down with MTV today to reveal the story of how it came together, and how he ended up writing the song for two of the biggest stars on the planet. In brief, Bellion went to a studio session with the track's producer, Frequency, mumbled "I'm friends with the monster", and then the track was created. From there...
Once the song was recorded Frequency suggested that they offer the track up to Shady Records, where he had a connection producing for Slaughterhouse. "We were all like, 'Yeah that'll be crazy. That will be so dope if that happened,'" Bellion said, recalling the pie in the sky proposal. "I come back four days later to the studio and he's like, 'Yo, Atlantic wants the record, Shady wants the record, everybody wants the joint.'"
The creation team eventually decided to go with Eminem. Though other artists had guaranteed to make the song a single out of the gate, the Shady team made no such promises. "Eminem was the biggest risk," he said. "But we were like, 'It's the biggest payoff if he takes it.'"
How about that? I love to hear stories like this behind the scenes about how opportunities align and especially how one artist on the rise gets that one big break or one big co-sign.