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."