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Eminem’s 10-Year-Old Lyric About Taking Chris Brown’s Side Has Been Leaked

A lot has changed for Rihanna since 2009. Once a Barbados-born singer known best for chart-topping single like “S.O.S” and “Umbrella” the songstress has expanded her interests into songwriting, fashion design, philanthropy, diplomacy, and business. She’s the owner of the booming and game-changing fashion brand Fenty Beauty and the fashion house Fenty. She’s also dating a billionaire Saudi businessman. 

To say the least, she’s a far cry from the young singer who made headlines in 2009 when she became a victim of physical assault by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. At the time, many rallied behind the singer and supported her through a time in her relationship that had become extremely public. One supporter, in particular, seemed to be her oft-collaborated with music partner, rapper Eminem. The two artists worked together on several music projects in the years after her Chris Brown assault including on the 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie” and the 2013 song ‘The Monster.’

It appears that her relationship with Eminem might not have been all that supportive as others speculated, however. Sadly after the recent leak of a snippet from Eminem’s “Things Get Worse” was shared on the site Reddit fans of the rapper have been left to think of him in a new light.

Nearly 10 years after recording a lyric about Rihanna and her abusive relationship with Chris Brown, fans of Eminem and the singer are demanding answers.

In a leaked snippet of Eminem’s song “Things Get Worse,” the rapper delivers a slew of disrespectful references to famous women in entertainment. In a verse, about Rihanna, Eminem says that he would side with Chris Brown. “Let me add my two cents / Of course, I’d side with Chris Brown / I’d beat a b***** down, too / If she gave my ******** an itch, now,” he raps. The clip was allegedly released illegally on Reddit and has been making the rounds on Twitter and Youtube. 

Fans of Eminem know that the abusive language of the lyrics never actually made it into the song which has brought many fans to the conclusion that he possible retracted the lines because he identified them as despicable. 

Neither Rihanna nor Eminem have released comments about the lyrics.

The lyrics are a reference to the 2009 event that put Rihanna and her then-boyfriend Chris Brown’s under public scrutiny.

In 2009, Chris Brown had been one of the biggest-selling performers in R&B music. According to reports at the time, police had been called to a vehicle parked in Los Angeles where Rihanna and Brown had gotten into a fight. Brown had left the scene by the time police had arrived but leaked pictures of Rihanna revealed her gruesome facial injuries from his attack. Pictures showed her with a bloody nose, swollen lips and bite marks on her arms. At the time, Rihanna told police that Brown had been her attacker. 

After the attack, Rihanna detailed the attack in a 2009 interview saying that she “fended him off with my feet” and claimed that Brown had threatened to kill her to “to scare me”, and that “all I kept thinking was, ‘When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop?’” She also described her relationship with Brown as “dangerous.” She said “The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other, equally as dangerous.”

While Eminem’s lyrics had been made over a decade ago, they’re still extremely disturbing.

Of Sure, 2009 was a different time. Harvey Weinstein had been on top of the world and men across media were in the midst of the predatory behavior: their victims remaining silent and in the shadows. But the truth is that the lyrics, supporting the actions of a physical abuser and degrading a victim are inexcusable. 

For those wondering, this definitely does paint their relationship in a new light.

This feels especially true when it comes to their collaboration on the 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie.” At the time of the song’s release, outlets had suggested that the song and the music video for it had been influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s relationships with their former partners Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown. When it was released, Rihanna had described the song as breaking “down the cycle of domestic violence”

In an essay released by The Atlantic Wire, one critic says that “the song would not have been effective if it had featured only Eminem’s point of view and feelings of regret; he wrote that Rihanna’s representing the opposite side of the relationship shows “proper storytelling” and ‘sends a message’ because of her breakup with Brown.”

After A Nearly 3 Decade-Long Career, Shakira Is Giving Us A Well Deserved Documentary And We’re LIVING

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After A Nearly 3 Decade-Long Career, Shakira Is Giving Us A Well Deserved Documentary And We’re LIVING

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Shakira first gained fame in her native Colombia in the mid 1990s. And as a young millennial who grew up to her music, it’s hard to believe that the singer’s been such an iconic presence in Latinx music for almost three decades now. Shakira has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse, this Latina has changed pop culture and reigns supreme as the hip-shaking queen. This year, she’s back from a vocal injury with a whole documentary —which will be premiering in theaters this month. 

In November 2017, Shakira suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage.

After a vocal injury which forced the singer to postpone her first tour in seven years — and her first since becoming a mother to two sons— Shak is ready to bounce back with a documentary that brushes on her vocal-cord hemorrhage injury, but mainly follows her in her 2017 tour ‘El Dorado’.

El Dorado, in 2017, marked her first U.S. trek in seven years. The run, however, was delayed for several months until Shakira recovered from her injury. 

We’ll get to see the Colombiana perform all of her classics. 

The 30-second trailer for the documentary, opens with shots that capture Shakira’s difficult recovery. But the rest of the trailer is packed with shots teasing the singer’s iconic return as she dances across the stage, plays guitar, beats the drums and sings to her classics “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”

Shakira took control of 100% of what went down during her ‘El Dorado’ tour.

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Much like Beyonce did in her Homecoming show and ‘documentary’, this Latina diva took absolute control of every aspect of her live show: from the lighting to the musical arrangements to the choreography. “I want to look sexy as hell, or I cancel this!” yells Shakira with zeal to her crew during rehearsal in a scene of the film —and we can relate on a deep spiritual level.

In contrast to Beyonce though, and other superstars of her level, on this tour Shakira had no backup dancers, “I wanted the freedom to improvise,” she says to the camera during the film. The set design was purposefully minimalistic —inspired, she says, by Anton Corbijn, one of her favorite visual artists, who has directed music videos for U2, Metallica, and Depeche Mode.

The documentary was co-directed by the singer and will feature a lot of clips from her 2018 show in LA.

Shakira co-directed Shakira in Concert with James Merryman, and much of the movie was filmed at the pop star’s August 2018 concert in Los Angeles. The film will also feature behind-the-scenes clips and narration from Shakira.

Latinx music fans will also get to see other singers who have collaborated with Shakira.

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Fans of reggaeton are in for a treat! The documentary also features a few behind-the-scenes moments of Shakira in the studio with Maluma and Nicky Jam, writing and recording their songs ‘Perro Fiel’ and ‘Chantaje’ together. We’ll get to catch glimpses of her interacting with her family —aka her hottie of a husband, Gerrard Pique— and her band during rehearsals and between concerts. Viewers will even get to see her dancing and singing aboard her private plane, still brimming with adrenaline after performing the nightly two-hour-long show.

El Dorado won’t be available on streaming platforms just yet —the singer has something much bigger planned.

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Unlike other pop-star documentaries, El Dorado won’t be immediately available on streaming services or DVD. Shakira wanted her fans to have a communal fan experience by screening it in theaters. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will be shown in more than 2,000 theaters in more than 60 countries on the same day. Alongside the film, there will be a live album of the tour coming out this week as well. 

Shakira dedicated ‘El Dorado’ to her fans.

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The entire project, the film and album, is a gift to fans who have been with her through thick and thin and who, Shakira says, are the true protagonists of El Dorado. “When an artist decides to go on tour, in a way, he or she needs reaffirmation,”  she said. “We need to confirm that there’s people out there loving us, worshipping what you do. . . . [There’s] a very narcissistic motivation behind all of that.”  “When I came out on tour this time, there was none of that. I just wanted to do it for them, because they were there for me.”

Tickets for Shakira in concert are available on the film’s website. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will premiere internationally on November 13th 

Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Hold on to your heart, chica. Netflix is coming for it and your tears.

Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to talk of production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, fans have seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Recently Netflix announced that they were going for the grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans were treated to updates for “Selena: The Series” throughout the summer and earlier fall, Netflix officially dropped its biggest news yet with a teaser.

And there’s no doubt the nostalgia and passion of it all will make you tear up and ready for some cumbia.

Released on Tuesday, the Netflix series’ trailer teased a first look of actress Christian Serratos as the Tejano Queen in all of her jumpsuit glory.

This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the newly released one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit,  Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.

The Netflix teaser trailer ends with someone out of frame calling, “Alright, Christian, We’re ready to shoot” before Serratos gives a smirk to the camera and stepping on stage to sing “Como La Flor.”

The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online.

 Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.