Eminem Says He Was 'Wrong' And 'Should Have Thought Better' About Rihanna Lyric
Eminem has admitted he was 'wrong' for rapping about Chris Brown's 2009 assault on Rihanna.
Th 48-year-old rap opened up about the controversial lyric from a song titled Things Get Worse (Rihanna Diss) that was leaked in 2019.
The track contained the lyric: "I'd side with Chris Brown, I'd beat down a b*** too."
Speaking on SiriusXM's Shade 45, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, said: "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***, I said that?"'
Eminem went on to say his memory from around the time the song was recorded is foggy as he was going through his recovery for drug addiction, but he added that this wasn't an excuse for his actions.
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He said: "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***ing 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... I don't know, it was one of those things."
He added: "I think I just said it because it rhymed. And I think I'm sure looking back now; I should have thought better of it."
Eminem has previously apologised to Rihanna on the song Zeus from his Music to be Murdered By: Side B, in which he raps: "And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna, for that song that leaked.
"I'm sorry, Ri, it wasn't meant to cause you grief, regardless, it was wrong of me."
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