Eminem is facing a bit of backlash currently after a Reddit user chose to upload the audio of an old track in which he pretty brazenly defending Chris Brown for his physical assault against ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
According to Yahoo, in the 2010 track that the user titled Eminem – Things Get Worse (Rihanna dissed) fans were taken aback to hear the rapper seemingly lashing out at the pop star with whom he has made several hits over the last decade.
“I’m not playing, Rihanna, where’d you get the V.D. at?” the lyrics ask. “Let me add my two cents/, Of course, I side with Chris Brown/I’d beat a b— down, too if she gave my d— an itch now.”
A year prior to the recording being made Brown was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend during the 2009 Grammy weekend and was subsequently charged with several felonies. Graphic photos of Rihanna’s bloody and face also went viral, cementing Brown’s reputation as a bad boy and even momentarily getting him blackballed from several high profile events.
The singer was able to escape jail time as part of a plea deal in which he was given 5 years of probation, but although Rihanna has forgiven him, many still haven’t.
In response to the public outcry against the song which seems to applaud Brown’s behavior, Eminem’s rep issued a statement.
Eminem's team releases statement about leaked track with Rihanna assault lyric https://t.co/DRNIS8weEx
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 12, 2019
“This is a leak of something that’s over ten years old,” Dennis Dennehy told XXL. “After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it and rewrote it. He and Rihanna have a great relationship.”
To that point, in 2010 Eminem and Rihanna released their hit, Love the Way You Lie which was followed by Numb in 2012 and finally The Monster in 2013.
Rihanna has not yet responded to the controversy, but posted an apology on Instagram to her fans, explaining that she needed to take a break from a busy 2019. “Please forgive me. this year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb,” she wrote.