Skylar Grey has been a part of three of the biggest songs in Hip Hop and Pop music the past two years (“I Need A Doctor,” “Love The Way You Lie,”“Words I Never Said”). However, in 2013, Ms. Grey plans to release her debut album Don’t Look Down. After years of struggle with the music business and her own identity, this album has been a long time coming. Showing that she can be a little “goofy” at times with “C’mon Let me Ride” featuring Eminem, Skylar wants her fans to know that is as far as she will go in that direction.
Skylar had this to say about what listeners can expect from her new album: “There are a lot of different things on the album. ‘C’mon Let me Ride’ definitely does not represent the rest of the album. You will hear things that are more expected, more melancholy, more melodic. Then there is stuff that is more fun. That is because when I started making this album, the oldest song was two years old and was right around the time I wrote ‘Love The Way You Lie.’ After that song, I felt a lot of love while working with great people and having money again. I had a couple of really happy years and started writing some happier songs too. ‘C’mon Let me Ride’ is reflective of these good times”.
Speaking on her work with Eminem and Dr. Dre, Skylar Grey says that Mr. Mathers, Dre and her share a lot of musical chemistry and Em has given her a lot of advice for Skylar’s album. Skylar speaks about why she thinks she got along so well with such Hip Hop heavyweights: “I think I just have had a lot of different experiences in my life and musical career. I have had a lot of ups and downs. I am not really new to this. I think [Dr.] Dre and Eminem see that and it comes through in my work. I am really grateful to have people like Dre and Eminem supporting me and wanting me to succeed.”
As previously mentioned, Eminem has given Skylar Grey a lot of advice. Out of all the sessions that Skylar Grey has had with Eminem, she speaks on the best advice that he gave her: “Well I have a lot of identity crises. I love so many different kinds of music and fashion. I am all over the map. Sometimes I go too far in one direction and I say ‘Oh no, that’s not me.’ Eminem told me, ‘Just be you.’ That is so simple yet so true. I should not try and be anything, I should just be me. It should be as easy as breathing to put out this album and make these songs.”
Skylar also went on to mention that Eminem, an accomplished veteran producer, actually mixed the single “C’mon Let me Ride”.
Don’t Look Down is scheduled to be released in early 2013 with more appearances from Eminem along with a feature from Marilyn Manson. As far as producers go, Skylar is going to be working with Alex Da Kid and J.R Rotem, among others.