Rihanna Reteaming With Chris Brown, Eminem on 'Unapologetic' Album
Rihanna has taken to Instagram with a full, handwritten tracklist for her upcoming record, Unapologetic, which includes collaborations with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and Eminem, as well as Future and Mikky Ekko.
Rihanna previously worked with Eminem on his "Love the Way You Lie"; this time, Marshall Mathers returns the favor on a cut called "Numb."
Chris Brown shows up on a track called "Nobodies Business" – a striking title considering their tumultuous past. Back in 2009, Brown beat up Rihanna the night before she was set to perform at the Grammys; he pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge and was sentenced to community service, five years' probation and domestic violence counseling. Just a few days ago, a Los Angeles judge decided Brown would remain on supervised probation and was ordered to return to court in January after his European tour.
Back in August, Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that she and Brown "still love each other," and added later: "I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help. Everybody’s gonna say he's a monster without looking at the source. Who's gonna help him?"
"Nobodies Business" does not mark the first time Rihanna and Brown have collaborated since the 2009 incident either. Earlier this year, Rihanna and Brown attracted attention when they collaborated on remixes of each other's tracks "Birthday Cake" and "Turn Up the Music," respectively. At the time, Rihanna said, "I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn't see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music."
Unapologetic, Rihanna's seventh studio album, will hit shelves on November 19th, and she'll also appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 1oth alongside host Anne Hathaway.