According to Insider, over the weekend a Reddit user shared a short, seven-second snippet of Eminem rapping, “Of course I side with Chris Brown, I’d beat a b*tch down, too.” The snippet, and the bar, have gotten people in a frenzy on social media but it’s being taken down as quickly as it goes up. The song reportedly comes from an unreleased version of “Things Get Worse,” a track the Detroit rapper completed with B.o.B. in 2011.
However, the outlet states this controversial lyric dates back to 2009, just months before Brown was officially charged with assault. Eminem would go on to collaborate with Rihanna on the hit song “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010, an award-winning single that earned the duo five Grammy nods. Rihanna also lent her vocals to Em’s chart-topping hit “The Monster,” as well. Em is known for being open about abuse of loved ones, but did he intentionally say that bar towards RiRi? Chris Brown, Eminem nor Rihanna has comment about the snippet.