One of Big Sean’s dreams came true when he hit the studio with his idol Eminem on Friday. It’s unknown if the Detroit rappers were working on a collaboration, but Sean shared the special moment with his fans.
“Today was historical,” tweeted the G.O.O.D. Music MC.
Earlier this year, he spoke about his plans to play Em his sophomore album Hall of Fame.
“I wanted to make sure my album was completely done before I went and played it for him,” Sean told Rap-Up TV. “I know a while ago he reached out.”
Hall of Fame is due this summer featuring collaborations with Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Nas, and more.
Skylar Grey is putting the finishing touches on her debut Don’t Look Down with help from one of the biggest names in music, Eminem. In addition to appearing on the first single “C’mon Let Me Ride,” the Detroit rapper is executive producing the project.
“He showed a lot of interest and support for my project,” the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter told Rap-Up TV at the MySpace ChapStick Sessions concert. “It kinda happened naturally where he became executive producer of the album.”
The hip-hop superstar has taken a hands-on approach. “I’ve actually been really lucky to have a lot of time with Marshall, giving me advice and feedback on all the songs, helping me pick the songs for the album,” she said. “I think he’s been pretty involved.”
Skylar shows a more playful side on her single “C’mon Let Me Ride,” but it’s not indicative of the rest of the album. “Most of the other songs are a little bit more serious. Sometimes when I’m being serious, I think it’s funny too.”
In addition to writing her own material, she has penned CeeLo Green’s new single “Only You.” “As I started writing more soulful stuff, I realized that it comes really naturally to me, so I hope to do more of it.”
Don’t Look Down is due this spring on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope featuring production from Alex Da Kid and J.R. Rotem.
Big Sean was in a celebratory mood as he kicked off Grammy weekend in L.A. Nominated for two Grammys for “Mercy,” the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was accompanied by his parents—who he planned to get wasted—at VIBE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Inaugural Impact Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Friday.
Sean is putting the finishing touches on his sophomore album Hall of Fame and expects to drop a new single this month. “It’s almost done, finally. We took our time with it, perfected it, got great songs on there,” he told Rap-Up TV. “I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s gonna be surprising. Something new, something fresh, heartfelt, meaningful, fun—all different types of feelings on this album.”
The follow-up to his 2011 debut Finally Famous includes appearances from Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Kid Cudi, Nas, Common, and his G.O.O.D. Music family.
Once he’s done recording, he plans to play the album for fellow Detroit rapper Eminem. “I wanted to make sure my album was completely done before I went and played it for him,” said Sean. “I know a while ago he reached out.”
The King, T.I., held court with the Queen when he remixed Beyoncé’s “Dance for You” earlier this year. But he first he got approval from Bey herself. He called up Pharrell, who happened to be in the studio with the “Single Ladies” singer, and asked if she supported his idea to add a verse.
“That very night, I did it and got it back to them, and they gave me the nod of approval and I ran with it,” Tip told Rap-Up TV.
T.I. is aware that Bey has a new album on the way and he’s more than willing to help out. “She has full knowledge of the fact that if she needs me for anything that I am there at the drop of a hat,” he said.
Another superstar he hopes to reconnect with is Eminem. While the two haven’t spoken since Tip returned from prison, don’t be surprised to see more collaborations between them in the future.
“The comraderie we have, the mutual respect, it allows and enables us to do music in abundance,” said T.I., who worked with Em on “That’s All She Wrote” off his 2010 album No Mercy. “All we got to do is get together for a short period of time and you’ll have a lot of music.”
The rapper-turned-actor also revealed that he was up for a role in the comic book blockbuster Iron Man 3, but a scheduling conflict prevented it from happening. “My dream movie is an action-comedy,” shared Tip, who stars in the upcoming comedy Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.
Skylar Grey is good at being bad in the naughty video for “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem. The singer-songwriter sheds her dark image and shows a sexier side in the provocative clip, which was shot at a trailer park in Michigan. Skylar works up a sweat as a scantily-clad lumberjack, while Slim Shady makes a comical cameo.
“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,” explained the Grammy-nominated Skylar. “I’m also really silly and I have a really dirty mind. I can’t help it. It just goes there.”
The video also carries a deeper message. “I’m kinda poking fun at the overly sexualized aspects of today’s culture and music and everything.”
“C’mon Let Me Ride” is the first single off Skylar’s KIDinaKORNER/Interscope debut Don’t Look Down. Eminem will executive produce the project, which is due next spring.
Skylar Grey shows us her cheeky side in the second teaser for her Eminem-assisted single “C’mon Let Me Ride.” The singer-songwriter plays a sexy lumberjack in the provocative clip, which was shot at a trailer park in Michigan.
“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,” says Skylar. “I’m also really silly and I have a really dirty mind. I can’t help it. It just goes there.”
But the video has a deeper message. “I’m kinda poking fun at the overly sexualized aspects of today’s culture and music and everything.”
The full video will premiere on Tuesday, December 11. If you missed the first teaser, check it out here.