Before Skylar Grey there was Holly Brook. In Part 1 of her interview with Rap-Up TV, the “Love the Way You Lie” hitmaker describes how she went from being the auburn-haired Holly to the darker Skylar Grey, who’s written hits for hip-hop megastars including Eminem, Diddy-Dirty Money, and Lupe Fiasco. After her career failed to ignite, the singer-songwriter retreated to the woods of Oregon before she was introduced to beat maestro Alex Da Kid.
“Things kinda fell apart with my career and my personal life, so I just retreated up in the woods in Oregon just to get away from L.A. and the whole music industry,” explains the 25-year-old, who will release her KIDinaKORNER/Interscope debut Invinsible this fall. “I felt like I lost touch with who I was as a person, as an artist.”
She also shares that Lady Gaga was among the artists being considered to sing the hook on Dr. Dre’s Detox single “I Need a Doctor,” and how Eminem fought to keep her on the track. “Eminem was like, ‘We are not taking her vocals off the song!’ So I got kept on there and it changed my life.”
Dre also had her back. “He’s one of the most stand-up guys that I’ve met in the music industry,” says Skylar. “[He’s] so nice, made a point to take me aside and tell me privately how grateful he was for my work on his album.”