If you missed it, in late 2019, an alleged, unreleased Eminem song was leaked on the Internet. In the leaked audio, a brief snippet called “Things Get Worse (Rihanna Diss),” Eminem says: “I’d side with Chris Brown, I’d beat down a b-h too,” seemingly referring to Chris and Rihanna‘s 2009 physical altercation.
Eminem‘s rep actually responded to the rumor at the time, but about 13 months later, Eminem released a public apology to Rihanna in the song “Zeus” on his new album Music to Be Murdered By – Side B.
Now, Eminem is explaining what happened at the time and why he apologized.
“When it first happened, I was like, first, I didn’t know how, how somebody got it. Second of all, I have no, zero recollection of even remembering doing that, that verse, like the rhyme schemes didn’t even sound like familiar to me. So I was caught off guard too. I was like, ‘what the f*ck, I said that?’” Eminem recalled.
He continued, “And that was, you know, that was during early like stages of the ‘Relapse’ record that I was working on. So, you know, it’s 10 plus years old, but not making excuses for it. I said it and I was wrong for saying that it was f*cking stupid, you know, a lot of times, especially with the ‘Relapse’ record, when I first started learning how to rap again, because of the drug situation that I went through and having to relearn a lot of things, that was one of those things that it was like, well, if it rhymes say it, I think that being able to look back, I mean, that’s not even an excuse, but I’m just saying like that there was a phase I was going through with that ‘Relapse’ record.”
Eminem added, “I don’t know. It was one of those things. I think I just said it cause it rhymed. And I think I’m sure looking back now, I should have thought better of it.”