Eminem fights darkness with Bruno Mars in 'Lighters' video: Watch it here!

Earlier this summer, Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ resurrected their Bad Meets Evil moniker and dropped Hell: The Sequel, a sturdy EP full of rugged beats and hard-hitting rhymes. (In retrospect, it was sort of like a scrappier version of Watch the Throne, wasn’t it?)

While the album didn’t take hold of the entire music world the way Slim Shady’s Recovery did last summer, it’s about to go gold and has sent its second single “Lighters” up the Billboard Hot 100 (it currently sits at number five).

At long last, Eminem, Royce and guest crooner Bruno Mars have premiered the video for “Lighters,” which just found daylight today. The clip features the man born Marshall Mathers wandering through an extremely dark underground chamber, using only a road flare as illumination. He finds he’s rhyming partner Royce in a jail cell, and eventually they make their way above ground, all while Mars tickles the ivories somewhere else entirely. Check out the clip:

A few things jump out right away. First: Will we ever see a hip-hop video that doesn’t feature a glamor shot of those Beats by Dr. Dre headphones? Sure, they look cool, but they don’t even work all that well!

Also, that clip is incredibly dark, as in it is literally difficult to see anything that is going on. (They must have saved a bundle on their lighting budget.) Finally, that closing shot with all the paper lanterns is pretty gorgeous, maybe even the most compellingly beautiful thing to appear in an Eminem video.

What are your thoughts on “Lighters”? Do you dig the video? Are you still cranking up Hell: The Sequel, or has Watch the Throne taken care of your tag-team hip-hop needs? And is this clip better than Royce’s “Writer’s Block,” which also just premiered? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

Read more on EW.com:
On the scene at Lollapalooza, day two: Eminem, Cee Lo, and (shhh! ) Foo Fighters
Eminem’s ‘Space Bound’ video: Suicide and porn stars – Watch it here!
Review: Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel

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  • Mason

    Along the lines of the Beats, I also noticed the Chrysler in there. It’s kind of a commercial at the end there, eh?

  • Katherine Boyd

    Never thought I would be reminded of a Disney movie in an Eminem video – but yeah that ending is pretty beautiful

  • mickey d

    I loved the video for Lighter. I found it incredibly moving. Something about the intensity of it that I can’t quantify.

  • kirby johnston

    Yeh, my brother did that scene at the end with the lanterns – he did the special effects in it. 20 yr old and self taught – awesome…

  • John Block

    Holy crap. Royce without glasses!

  • Joel Mills

    Suprised you didn’t mention anything about him having blonde hair in this video. The video shows where Em and Royce used to be and where they are now.

  • Harley

    Always thought the song was beautiful and the video matched with it. Loved the scene at the end with the lanterns especially seeing them come up behind Eminem.

    @Joel Mills – I thought about the blonde hair thing too. Pretty neat!

  • owen

    you cannot compare BME to watch the throne.lyricly hell the sequel burns out all and thats just putting it mildly.the other album may have better beats bt u cant compare the two.and ya awesome video.

    • Samantha

      I would have to agree with your take on the comparison, lyrically there is no comparison. Em is the best rapper lyrically, there is no one that even compares to him, he can take a bad beat and make it amazing. Em and Royce together is just genius, this was a fantastic video, absolutely loved it.

  • Fobid

    i have always know that what concerns Eminem is always the Best, my effort man……….

  • a fan

    that video is gr8!love it!<33333

  • celeste

    Great video for a great song.

    The end is really pretty…

  • robin

    it sounds very cheesy and I’m almost embarrassed to be a fan of these guys now

  • NonEntity

    This cheez whiz will be consumed for sure. The suits will be smiling at the dollars pouring in; those prove to them that they must keep putting this type of thing out.

  • kimberly

    Iam really not in to rap but i really liked the song the video was great

  • kimberly

    omg i would slow dancwe to this song the only sonfg i would ever slow dance to!!

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