Eminem and Skylar Grey become Bonnie and Clyde on their new collaboration, “Kill for You,” off Grey’s upcoming third album Natural Causes.
Shady, who of course penned the controversial “’97 Bonnie & Clyde,” is no stranger to the criminal couple concept, but he reprises that theme here with Skylar by his side.
“Even if you are wrong, you are right,” she sings over his haunting instrumental. “Even if that’s a tear that you’re crying, it’s alright / ‘Cause I got your back and I know that you got mine.”
Shady’s verse brings the entire concept home. “You always ride,” he raps. “Whatever the plan is / ‘Til the end, even if I led us into an ambush.”
Grey opened up about the Em-produced collab during an interview with Rolling Stone. “Since the first day I started writing ‘Kill for You,’ I thought the Bonnie and Clyde message would be more powerful as a duet,” she said. “I was stoked when Marshall put a verse on it.”
This is familiar territory for Skylar and Em. The frequent collaborators have teamed up on a slew of tracks, including Rihanna and Slim’s “Love the Way You Lie” (which Grey penned), Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor,” and Em’s “Asshole.” More recently, Slim also produced another Natural Causes single, “Come Up for Air,” which dropped earlier this month.
Natural Causes follows 2013’s Don’t Look Down, which Eminem coincidentally executive produced. The 13-track effort is due tomorrow (Sept. 23) just as Skylar kicks off her tour in San Francisco.