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Eminem says he has ‘zero recollection’ of recording offensive Rihanna lyrics as he continues to apologise

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Eminem doesn’t remember recording the lyrics about Rihanna (Picture: Getty)

Eminem has revealed he has ‘zero recollection’ of writing an offensive lyric about Rihanna after a decade-old song leaked in 2019. 

The lyrics of the track said Eminem ‘sided with Chris Brown’ over Rihanna, after he pleaded guilty to felony assault against her in 2009. 

He apologised for the lyrics on Zeus from his surprise album, Music To Be Murdered By – Side B, rapping: ‘And wholeheartedly apologies Rihanna for that song that leaked / I’m sorry, Rih, it wasn’t meant to cause you grief / But regardless it was wrong of me.’

He has once again apologised for the offensive lyrics on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, claiming he has no idea how the track leaked and that he had even said those words at all. 

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Eminem, 48, explained: ‘I don’t know how somebody got it. I have no, zero recollection of even remembering doing that verse. 

‘The rhyme scheme didn’t even sound familiar to me. So I was caught off-guard, too. I was like, “What the f**k, I said that?”’

Rapper Eminem (L) and singer Rihanna perform onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards
The comments were made in a song in 2009 but Rihanna is yet to address the apology publicly (Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

He claimed the lyrics had been recorded during the early stages of making Relapse, his 2009 album, after he had to learn how to rap again due to a ‘drug situation that I went through’.

The rapper added that he was ‘not making excuses’ for saying it: ‘I said it and I was wrong for saying that, it was f**king stupid. 

 ‘That was one of those things that it was like, well if it rhymes, say it. That’s not an excuse, but I’m just saying that there was a phase I was going through with that Relapse record. 

‘It was one of those things, I think I just said it cause it rhymed. Looking back now, I should have thought better of it.’

Rihanna, who worked with Eminem on the 2010 hit Love The Way You Lie has yet to respond publicly to the apology or to Eminem’s new album. 

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