Updated December 20th, 2023 at 23:55 IST

Eminem apologises to Rihanna in Music to Be Murdered By — Side B

Eminem, a popular American rapper apologised to Rihanna in the latest release of his album, Music to Be Murdered By — Side B Thursday night.

Eminem apologises to Rihanna | Image:eminem/Instagram
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Eminem, a popular American rapper, and songwriter, confronted the backlash head-on with the release of his latest album, Music to Be Murdered By — Side B Thursday Night.  The release is a companion to his 11th studio album that features 16 new songs, including a track titled Zeus, in which the rapper used it 
a platform for a direct and unambiguous apology to Rihanna for his controversial lyrics about Chris Brown that leaked in 2019. 

Eminem Music to Be Murdered By — Side B lyrics

Eminem took to his Instagram to share the poster of the album. In the monochromatic poster, Eminem, in pant suit and hat, is seen in the most serious and intense, lost in his deep thoughts. 

The new lyrics read: "But, me, long as I re-promise, to be honest, / And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna," he raps. “For that song that leaked, I'm sorry, Ri / It wasn't meant to cause you grief. Regardless, it was wrong of me.” It all happened in 2019, when an unreleased verse by Eminem was leaked, in which the Detroit rapper was heard saying, "Of course, I side with Chris Brown / I'd beat a b** down too."

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Eminem referred to the assault Chris Brown pleaded guilty to following the altercation between then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Later, Brown was sentenced to five years probation and community service. However, Rihanna hasn't commented yet.

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What are the other issues in Eminem's new album

Eminem addressed several other issues throughout his album, ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter movement. The lyricist also mentions former NFL star quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, as well as convicted sex offenders Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby and accused sex offender R. Kelly. Eminem's words were noticed by fans of Rihanna. 

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Eminem has collaborated on many projects through the years and landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Rap Singles chart in 2010 for their song titled Love the Way You Lie. The duo were also tour mates after completing their Monster tour in 2014. Eminem is known for being one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of the early 21st century. He holds over 25 Guinness World Records, including the fastest rap in a hit single and the most words in a hit single.

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Eminem's songs include The Real Slim Shady and Without Me. He was married to Kimberly Anne Scott until 2006. He has three children: Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, Alaina Marie Mathers, and Whitney Scott Mathers.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 23:55 IST