Eminem has revealed that he had to relearn how to rap because of his drug addiction. In a radio interview, the rapper was talking about apologizing to Rihanna on the song “Zeus” for dissing her back in 2009 — and said that he had “zero recollection” of the verse and figured that he was just rapping whatever rhymed because he was relearning how to rap.
The snippet of the song “Things Get Worse” — reportedly recorded during sessions for 2009’s Relapse album — featured the lyric, “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.”
On “Zeus,” he apologized to RiRi, saying, “And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna / For that song that leaked, I’m sorry, Ri / It wasn’t meant to cause you grief.”
In a radio, Em said, “When it first happened, I was like, first, I didn’t know how, how somebody got it. Second of all, I have no, zero recollection of even remembering doing that, that verse, like the rhyme schemes, didn’t even sound like familiar to me. So I was caught off guard too. I was like, ‘what the f—, I said that?'”
He continued, “It’s 10 plus years old, but I’m not making excuses for it. I think I just said it cause it rhymed. And I think I’m sure looking back now, I should have thought better of it.”
He explained, “I said it and I was wrong for saying that. It was f–king stupid. You know, a lot of times, especially with the ‘Relapse’ record, when I first started learning how to rap again, because of the drug situation that I went through and having to relearn a lot of things, that was one of those things that it was like, ‘Well, if it rhyme say it.'”