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.”