Skylar Grey Feat. Eminem, ‘C’Mon Let Me Ride’ – Song Review
Anyone remember Holly Brook (the “Hafermann” was silent)? The angelic-voiced chanteuse who sang the hook on Fort Minor’s ‘Where’d You Go’ and released an underrated, underappreciated album called ‘Like Blood Like Honey?’ No? Hm.
Then maybe you remember the ever-so-slightly gothic Skylar Grey, who sang the hook on Dr. Dre‘s ‘I Need a Doctor,’ co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna‘s Grammy winning ‘Love the Way You Lie’ and Diddy Dirty Money’s ‘Coming Home.’ She was pretty cool, right? Then … something happened.
We’re not sure what transformed Grey into a white trash icon, but here she is on ‘Come On Let Me Ride,’ a song that bastardizes the Queen classic ‘Bicycle Race’ and will make you forget who Skylar — or Holly or whoever — was before.
The track opens with Grey cooing, “If you got a sweet tooth / You can taste my watermelons.” Dude, seriously? The hook is just as subtle: “Come on let me ride your bicycle / So fantastical / On your bicycle / We can get a little more physical / Baby, after all, it’s only natural.”
The problem is, of course, that it’s not natural at all. Evolution is natural, not going under the knife and revamping everything that you ever were. The entire song, the entire new Grey persona — Hafermann’s third reinvention so far — strives for free spirited and fun (she even went blonde and insists, “I’m just f—in’ with you!”). At one point, Grey appears to be in on the joke: “It’s like I’m a sellout for you.” But more than anything, it just feels incredibly forced and a little desperate: Just because she admits she’s selling, it doesn’t mean we’re lining up to buy.
As for Eminem’s verse, the man can usually do no wrong, but there’s nothing he can do to save this. Though his single and double entendres are witty, his utter abuse of Freddie Mercury’s infamous ode to handlebars and uncomfortable seats may actually be what finally sinks this ship completely.
Sure, the hook is catchy. But so are crabs. Do you want those?
Listen to Skylar Grey Feat. Eminem, ‘C’Mon Let Me Ride’
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