Eminem Rep Responds to Controversial Rihanna Assault Lyric After Decade-Old Song Leaks

Craig McDean


The full version of an Eminem song featuring a controversial verse about Chris Brown's 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna leaked this week. Last week, a snippet of the song "Things Get Worse" -- reportedly recorded during sessions for 2009's Relapse album -- made the rounds online, and a verse in which Em appears to side with Brown in the incident drew backlash.

"I'm not playing, Rihanna, where'd you get the VD at?/ Let me add my two cents/ Of course I side with Chris Brown/ I'd beat a bi--- down too/ If she gave my di-- an itch now," Eminem raps on the tune, in a line in which he seems to endorse the attack that resulted in a felony assult plea and five years of probation for Brown. A different version of the song -- minus the Brown/Rihanna lyric -- appeared on rapper B.o.B.'s song of the same name in 2011. 

A spokesperson for Eminem, Dennis Dennehy, tells Billboard that the leaked song was scrapped and rewritten before its release. “This is a leak of something that’s over 10 years old," Dennehy said. "After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it, and rewrote it. Obviously he and Rihanna have a great relationship."

Dennehy had no further comment on the matter.

In the years since that verse was first recorded, Eminem has collaborated with Rihanna on three songs ("Love the Way You Lie," "Numb" and "The Monster") and the pair co-headlined The Monster Tour in 2014.

The rapper's early albums contain a number of controversial lyrics about violence (often against women), as well as homophobic and misogynist verses.