You might recognize her from her performance with Nicki Minaj at the 2014 American Music Awards, but Skylar Grey first broke into the popular music scene with her 2006 collaboration with Fort Minor, “Where’d You Go.” For almost a decade, Grey has worked with some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop, producing hit songs while maintaining her position on the edge of the music scene. Her ethereal voice juxtaposed with the rap verses of the artists she performs with makes for unusual, intriguing harmonies. Though her past collaborations have brought her success, Grey’s new album — release date TBD — will focus just on her. Find out more about Skylar Grey and the music she’s had a hand in over the years.
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Songwriter Skylar Grey is breaking out on her own with a little help from Eminem. “C’mon Let Me Ride” is a girl’s plea for her crush to let her ride…his bicycle. Only this boy and his two-wheel choice of transportation lives in the trailer park. Skylar’s grunge, edgy vibe causes her to stick out like a sore thumb from the other girls in the neighborhood with their faux tans and skimpy bikinis. Read more…
Whenever studies about the behavioral patterns of Millenials get published, words like “positivity” and “individuality” and “idealistic” make frequent appearances; if you believe what the academics and marketing folks tell you, this is a generation that believes that the world can be saved solely by the power of a tweet. However, anyone who has actually spent any significant amount of time with people who fall into this age-range know that they aren’t this shallow nor as eternally optimistic as the so-called experts suggest, and are just as apt to fall under spells of disillusionment and succumb to periods of disenfranchisement as the rest of us (whether you’re Gen X, Gen Y or a Baby Boomer). Well, after seeing Skylar Grey perform at a small industry showcase in Manhattan last night, it’s pretty apparent that she is an artist that is well-positioned to resonate with this “darker” side of Millenial culture.
Skylar Grey rose quickly in the Interscope farm system over the last eighteen months and change on the strength of her ability to write massively catchy hooks; she’s responsible for the sing-along choruses of Eminem and Rihanna‘s “Love The Way You Lie,” Diddy-Dirty Money‘s “Coming Home” and Dr. Dre‘s comeback single, “I Need A Doctor.” She’s now attempting to launch a solo career of her own, with an album of original material likely to materialize sometime in 2012.
Grey emerged on stage last night at the tiny club Dominion dressed in full, gothy Lisbeth Salander chic (aka The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) — jet black hair, tight leather jacket, Doc Marten-esque boots and a pair of plaid pants worn well below her waist with a wallet chain attached; Katy Perry, she most certainly is not. Like her stage name* evokes, Grey stands in stark contrast to today’s bubblegummier pop stars (think Demi Lovato, think Selena Gomez), delivering lyrics like “I’m addicted to your torture”, “I’m proud to be your f***in’ weirdo” and even something that sounded a lot like “Come here necrophelia” with a whispery, attitude-laden intensity.