Eminem just took the stage on SNL and performed the first two singles off MMLP2: "Berzerk" and "Survival".
Rick Rubin was the surprise DJ for "Berzerk", Skylar Grey brought the hook on "Survival" to life, and Mr. Porter acted as Em's hype man in both performances.
I thought the "Survival" performance was the better of the two, probably because "Berzerk" has so many studio-produced vocals that Em had to lip-sync the chorus and possibly even parts of the verses. Skylar set the tone on "Survival" with her booming rendition of the hook and I found new appreciation for Em's last verse after seeing it performed tonight. Watch both performances ICYMI!
Shoutout to the homie Curt Chambers — the talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, who did the lattter for Em tonight.
A new 50 Cent leak has hit the interwebs late tonight, and it sounds like lead single material for his elusive upcoming album, Street King Immortal. I say that because it's a personal and analytical 50 about his place in the game, driven home by an ominous female hook that echoes the song title. The song is produced by Alex Da Kid and that female chorus is Skylar Grey-esque (I wouldn't be surprised if that's revealed to be her, or perhaps Liz Rodrigues.) 50 just addressed the leak on Twitter below.
UPDATE: Skylar Grey indeed on the hook.
Overall, this one's pretty solid and I think it'll grow on me with more listens. Give it a shot above — what do you think?
Welp, we now know what Skylar Grey's next single/music video will be: the Don't Look Down intro track "Back From The Dead" featuring Big Sean & Travis Barker. The Interscope singer revealed a series of dope behind the scenes pics from the set today above.
As a fan of the song, the artists involved, and the album as a whole, I'm excited for "Back From The Dead" to get a bigger push as a potential hit single. It's one of my favorites on the album and it'll be cool to see all three of them together for the moving visuals — especially from the looks of the set and costume design too (Skylar looks amazing.) Look out for the final product soon!
NEW Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer
Oh, hello there Eminem. Quite possibly The best week in hip hop only gets better with the new single reveal from Marshall Mathers in the new Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer that came out today. It sounds like it features his labelmate and frequent collaborator the past few years: Skylar GreyLiz Rodrigues, along with the many gunshots and explosions from the game, hah! The song itself is very fitting in fact; call it a pump-up "survival of the fittest" song as Skylar croons on the hook (of what's rumored to be called "Survival"). I like what I hear so far... I can already imagine this one over the loudspeakers playing basketball at my gym. And the Eminem/Skylar combo has yet to yield anything disappointing (that goes for Liz too on the 'Recovery' album). More details, and hopefully the official release, to come soon!
The UPDATE you have been waiting for... here's the FULL/CDQ of "Survival" — Eminem's new single NOT featuring Skylar Grey and instead featuring Liz Rodrigues, with DJ Khalil providing the production.
There is more to Skylar Grey than being a wonderful singer and songwriter. She has a wide range in her personality and music that are both seen in our interview and in her performance at a sold-out Schubas earlier this week.
After getting the chance to talk with Skylar and experience the concert in such an intimate setting, I became even more of a fan and further appreciate her artistry, complexities, authenticity, and overall style. Watch our new documentary style production above, in what is one of my favorite interviews to date.
Skylar Grey's debut album, Don't Look Down, is in stores now!
Skylar Grey reveals:
- the influence of hip hop on her music and album
- the first hip hop album she ever bought
- a new story about working with Eminem on the album (02:19)
- her first reaction to Lupe's direction on "Words I Never Said" (04:05)
- the different personalities that are conveyed on the album
The Skylar Grey concert last night was one of my favorite shows I've seen this summer. Hearing her perform is a blessing for anyone that gets the chance; her epic live vocals will move you in ways a recorded album can't. While I got the chance to record her sing the roof off with singles on the new album "Don't Look Down", I was most excited about releasing this straight through shot of her peformance of "Invisible". I think it's a beautiful piece, and something I'm in love with artistically. Of course stay tuned for our interview with Skylar, which will have more clips of her bangin' vocals from some of her biggest singles and features. Skylar — hope our paths cross again; you are an awesome creator, and we love what you do! #gowhereyoulove