Recently, a reappearing name has had me intrigued. Skylar Gray has featured in Diddy Dirty Money’s ‘I’m Coming Home’, but her vocals at the beggining aren’t enough to do her justice. The chorus is carried on by the ‘Dirty Money’ duo and do not compare, in my opinion.
Little-known fact, Skylar actually wrote one of the biggest songs of 2010 ‘Love The Way You Lie’ represented amazingly by Eminem and Rhianna that became one of the years most overplayed songs on the basis of collaborative talent. Although, Rhianna is a globally recognised talent and a hard-working one at that, Skylar’s original demo is out of this world. I discovered that an old favourite ‘Where’d you go’ by Fort Minor is complimented by her voice.
Since then, she released an album Like Blood Like Honey in 2006, which could be guilty of poor managment or bad promotion. Skylar has impressive vocal talent and deserves more than her 15 minutes.
A brief appearance was made by the songstress in her performance with hip-hop legend Dre’s comeback, with a modestly-lit stage something tells me Skylar may not be one for the limelight. In a brief interview she mentions that she was born to perform and not a very good talker. I think her voice makes up for this, so we can forgive Skylar for her socially awkward conversation and allow her to communicate with us through her music:
Also check out her track on Lupe Fiasco’s new album, ‘Words I Never Said’.
Today is the day..
Aftermath Records presents..
The release date of Hip-Hops most anticipated album, controversial, 37 year-old rapper Eminem is back and better than ever! The appropriately titled ‘Recovery’ hits stores today and my verdict is to get it now.
Okay, so I’ve grown up following his career and knowing almost every lyric to every song- this might mean I’m that little bit bias. But even I can admit that Relapse didn’t quite hit the spot like his other albums, it was clear that the record label and management had more involvement than he did. Which he truthfully admits on the track ‘Talkin’ to Myself’ rapping: “Encore I was on drugs, Relapse I was flushing ’em out/I’ve come to make it up to you, now no more fucking around/I got something to prove to fans cause I feel like I let ’em down”. Now we are assured by the man himself, the real Eminem is back, doing what he does best: telling it like it is.
Much excitement has followed the release of ‘Recovery’; this time it hasn’t got the touch of producer Dr Dre, instead a range of producers from DJ Kahlil to Just Blaze. With collaborations on the album including: Rhianna, Pink, Lil’ Wayne and Drake which are tracks that speak for themselves. In fact, Canadian-born artist Drake released ‘Thank Me Later’ a week ago and is predicted to give Em some tough competition. These two albums are ones that are very much-needed to revive Hip-Hop, following the industries 11% decline in album sales. Another decline that can be put down to economic downfall, but also companies arguing that illegal file sharing plays its part.
Always looking the part
Lyrically, Em is on top of his game. Personally I’m a fan of ‘So Bad’, the only song on the album produced by Dre, although it is less serious than the others. ‘Your Never Over’ is a classic flow, which displays Eminem’s attempt at singing and is dedicated to his best friend Proof, who died in 2006. Female vocals have always complimented an Eminem track well proved by ‘Superman’ on ‘The Eminem Show’ album, this album makes no exceptions to that. ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Rhianna will no doubt top the charts and the song ‘Almost Famous’ is outstanding.
Eminem is in a league of his own. Recovery. Get it now.