The music industry is all about who you know and sometimes more than one person hears a song they want to make their own.

Rihanna wasn’t the only person who heard the track for the song that would eventually become Diamonds. It was shopped around to a few people and Eminem was one of them.

It turns out that Eminem and Rihanna both made a song based on the beat. Producer Benny Blanco explained to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that he had no idea that this was the case until he heard it a few days later.

“We’re listening to it a few days later, and [co-producer] Stargate’s like, “Yo, we’re giving this song to Rihanna. It’s going to go.” And I was like, “I don’t know, man. Should we keep the beat for Kanye? I don’t know about it,” he continues. “And then, I remember, at the same time, I had given a beat CD like a month earlier to Paul Rosenberg to give to Eminem. And apparently, Eminem had done a song to it, too. And I didn’t even know. And I’m sitting there… Dude, so when it happened, Paul was like, “Man, Em had that beat on hold.” I was like, “What? I didn’t even know.”

You never know what can happen behind the scenes at a recording studio. It turns out that one of there are two songs to the Diamonds beat, but Eminem’s track will apparently remain vaulted. Perhaps we’ll hear it someday.

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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