Eminem Apologizes To Rihanna For Siding With Chris Brown After 2009 Assault
By Paris Close
December 19, 2020
On Friday (December 18), the Detroit rapper surprise-released his new album, Music to Be Murdered By — Side B, a sequel to January’s original project which boasts a bevy of well-respected featured artists. Among the LP’s cuts includes the record “Zeus" featuring White Gold, on which Shady apologizes for a scrapped lyric he’d written about Chris Brown’s infamously assaulting the “Diamonds” singer in 2009 when they were still dating.
On “Zeus,” Em raps: "But, me, long as I re-promise to be honest/ And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna/ For that song that leaked, I'm sorry, Ri/ It wasn't meant to cause you grief/ Regardless, it was wrong of me."
Considering Em and RiRi’s long history with making magic in the studio together, fans were shocked and disappointed last year when leaked lyrics from an old track — reportedly titled “Things Get Worse (Rihanna Diss),” as per Insider— exposed Em’s true feelings about the violence Rihanna suffered at the hands of Brown at the time. At one part of the unreleased record, Eminem can be heard rapping, “Of course I side with Chris Brown/ I’d beat a b—h down, too.”
According to his publicist, the song in question was initially set to appear on his 2009 album, Relapse, but the artist shelved the record. Even so, the lyrics raised more than an eyebrow as many fans slammed the “Lose Yourself” star for seemingly glorifying abuse against women. Making matters worse, though, Relapse featured several controversial lyrics implying violence against stars like Dakota Fanning and Natasha Bedingfield.
As yet, neither Brown nor Rihanna has responded to Eminem’s “Zeus.”
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