Hot Music Video – C’Mon Let Me Ride (Explicit) – Skylar Grey ft. Eminem + Behind The Scenes

Holly Brook Hafermann is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer better known by her stage name Skylar Grey. Grey was signed to Machine Shop Recordings under the name Holly Brook. She released her debut album, Like Blood Like Honey, as Holly Brook back in 2006. She co-wrote the three versions of Love the Way You Lie for Eminem and Rihanna, with Alex da Kid, who signed her to his Wonderland Music label. She was featured as a guest vocalist on Fort Minor‘s “Where’d You Go and “Be Somebody”, Diddy-Dirty Money‘s “Coming Home, Dr. Dre‘s “I Need a Doctor“, Lupe Fiasco‘s “Words I Never Said and Kaskade‘s Room for Happiness“. Brook later changed her name to Skylar Grey. She further explained that “it represents the unknowns in life. People seem to be afraid of the unknowns, but I’m the complete opposite. I dive into the unknown because I feel like that’s where all your possibilities come from.” She explained to Beatweek that she chose “grey” with an e rather than an a because “I like to do things the original way” because “it’s more masculine. I’m not a very feminine person.” Don’t Look Down (formerly titled Invinsible) is the forthcoming second studio album and major-label debut by Skylar Grey. The album is set to be released in the spring of 2013 through KIDinaKORNER Records and Interscope Records. Skylar Grey will soon release the official music video for “C’Mon Let Me Ride,” the lead single from her debut album Don’t Look Down. The energetic track, which Grey calls “an X-rated kids’ song,” features Eminem singing the famous hook of off Queen’s “Bicycle Race.” Check out the wild lyric and behind the scenes videos below…

Grey tells Rolling Stone that idea of including the chorus came from Eminem, who executive-produced the album. “That was an Eminem move. The first time I heard his verse, he had added that part in as well and it made me laugh, so we kept it,” she says. She also opted to keep his vocals instead of Mercury’s originals. “I love hearing Marshall change his voice like that and just, like, be a character, play a character, so I thought that was funnier, personally.” The satirical song, a jab at “overly sexified music, media and the girls who try and imitate it. I’ve learned from Em I can have more fun. He’s very sarcastic and makes me laugh all the time and there are parts of my attitude I have in person but I’ve never shown in a song. I feel like he showed me I don’t have to be afraid to show that side.”

Grey elaborated her feelings about working with Em, “I’m grateful and blessed to have [Eminem] on my side because not only is he one of the biggest artists in the world, but I also really trust his ears and sensibilities, which is a hard thing to find. Marshall can hear gold through the shittiest-sounding recordings.”

Eminem must have a lot of faith in Grey as well. Considering that most of her past solo single attempts have not done so well in the mainstream market. He revealed, “When I was working on Recovery, I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist,” says the rapper in a press release. “This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.” Grey says of the upcoming album and new single, “I think a song that can make it through the past year that I’ve had of writing new songs and throwing ones away is worth having the album title named after.”

“I put out [the single] ‘Invisible’ and I was feeling like I was so busy promoting an album and a song and I felt like I hadn’t finished my album yet. So I kind of took a step back and had a conversation with Jimmy [Iovine] and he was totally on my side. He said, ‘Look, this is your first album; it has to be exactly what you want it to be.’ So we mutually agreed to slow down the whole process and let me take my time finishing the songs until I felt like it was there.”

In the behind the scenes video, Skylar Grey swings through a local Detroit area trailer park for “C’mon Let Me Ride.” Grey is then joined by her co-star Eminem and some of the local residents, who introduce themselves to the camera and cook up a squirrel on the grill. “Why does everyone think I’m from a fucking trailer park? Why can’t I not break that stereotype?” laughs Eminem. “I’ve lived in them, many of them, for years. But that doesn’t mean I’m from a trailer park.”

The video has a much deeper message says Skylar, “I’m kinda poking fun at the overly sexualized aspects of today’s culture and music and everything.” She adds, “I can be really goofy and I know that a lot of people think I’m just dark and sad and melancholy all the time, but that’s just one huge part of me. I’m also really silly and I have a really dirty mind. I can’t help it. It just goes there.”

The track’s dirty and contains filthy, unclever and obvious euphemisms for having sex.The whole video is a joke, it’s really meant as a joke. She even looks the part of the frustratingly sexed up single cover which features Grey hoisting up the wheels of a mountain bike in a field of manure, squeaky clean and bikini clad with her Dixie shorts unbuttoned like “oops! did I forget to button those?” As the viewer picks up their jaw from the floor so the laughter can commence, with country like knee-slaps to boot. You might be laughing. Or shaking your head in disbelief when all is said and done. The full video will premiere on December 11. I’ll be updating the post then.

Video Synopsis: The music video was shot under the direction of Isaac Rentz, at a trailer park in Detroit. One of the best parody moments finds the singer operating her own plastic-surgery center as Dr. Grey, serving up some botched alterations. The grotesque surgery results, including wildly inflated lips, aren’t too far from what viewers might find on shows like “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Grey told MTV News about the creation, “The video is a combined effort between director Isaac Rentz, me and Eminem, and we just wanted to make sure it was very clear that it’s a sarcastic song.” As for her own sexed-up hot looking scene in the video, Grey simply laughed at its absurdity, “There’s one scene in the music video where I’m dressed up in this pink polka-dot swimming suit with a pink background, pink nails, a pink bicycle with an ice-cream cone on the back of it and it’s totally girly — and not me at all,” she happily explained. “I think that’s clear, because that scene happens over the bridge of the song, where I say, ‘I’m only fucking with you, and fuck you for thinking it’s true,’ and that’s when I have the pink polka-dot thing on, so it’s saying, ‘This isn’t really me.’ “

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