Yesterday, rapper Eminem released a new album “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B,” as a follow up to his January release.
The 49-year-old on the new album decided to address a 2019 leak that had him take sides with Chris Brown who assaulted his ex Rihanna in 2009.
On a track titled “Zeus,” Eminem who is a frequent collaborator with Rihanna apologised to her about the offensive lyrics.
In 2019, a decade-long song that Eminem previously recorded in which he took sides with Brown leaked. The song with the eyebrow-raising lyrics was reportedly recorded in sessions for his 2009 album “Relapse.”
In the leaked track, Eminem said he had Brown’s back rapping,
“Of course I side with Chris Brown / I’d beat a bitch down too.”
Brown served nearly five years of probation for the attack and was sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service. He and Rihanna reconciled and romantically reunited in 2012 but split again in 2013.
At the time of the initial leak last year, Eminem’s spokesperson Dennis Dehenny issued a response claiming that the track had been written over a decade ago. He said:
“This is a leak of something that’s over 10 years old. After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it, and rewrote it.”
“Obviously he and Rihanna have a great relationship.”
On the track “Zeus”, he raps:
“And wholeheartedly apologies Rihanna for that song that leaked / I’m sorry, Rih, it wasn’t meant to cause you grief / But regardless it was wrong of me.”
Eminem and Rihanna have worked together on smash hit songs like “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010 and “The Monster” in 2013.
They went on tour together in 2014.