When old friends and former collaborators Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ reunited to form Bad Meets Evil, it seemed like a no-brainer (even if the end result didn’t quite live up to expectations). But what did cause at least some trepidation was the Bruno Mars-featuring “Lighters” (the inclusion of a pop crooner like Mars would’ve merited a verbal beatdown courtesy of Mr. Mathers as recently as just a few years ago). The song, though, seems to be doing fairly well on the Billboard Hot 100, so the success train continues onward with a video for the power anthem. Featuring Mars at a piano, Em in his basement/special underground bunker, and Royce escaping a prison cell, all three men emerge to exactly what they’d been singing for: a sky full of decorative lamps. Why not a forest full of hot fudge sundaes instead?
Along with the “Lighters” video, check out Royce’s video for the Em-featuring “Writer’s Block” from the-not-quite-six-foot MC’s latest album Success Is Certain. There’s a lot of fire and shots of Times Square, but they’re in no way related.