Skylar Grey Annotates “Kill For You” On Genius, Says Song Was Originally Written for Rihanna



Skylar Grey is no stranger to collaborating with Eminem and Rihanna—they famously combined forces to create Eminem’s best-selling single “Love The Way You Lie” in 2010. Skylar’s newest single, “Kill For You,” was almost another collaboration amongst the trio, too.


In a Genius annotation, Skylar explains how Rihanna was close to taking an early version of “Kill For You” for herself:


“It’s been so long since we started working on “Kill For You.” I can’t remember exactly how it went down, but I believe that during one of my trips to Detroit, I worked on a bunch of different hook ideas for some tracks Marshall, Mark Batson and Mike Elizondo had made. “Kill For You” was one of them. I remember us all being in the studio together in Detroit working on it, and I remember working on the verses in my hotel room there in Detroit. 

But I think that might have been two separate trips because we had found out Rihanna was interested in the song. I believe we got back together to finish and flesh it out with her in mind. She even tweeted the line, “You could make me a believer, even if that shit ain’t true,” way back then, in 2014.”



Skylar about the song:

“Ever since the beginning, I felt like the message of the song would be more powerful as a duet, so just a few days before I had to turn in the album I let Marshall know my thoughts and asked if he wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t expect him to do it especially with he time restraint, but thought it was worth asking. A few days later he turned in the final mix/master with his verse on it. I had never heard his verse before we sent the album to print!”


Skylar then annotates Eminem’s lyrics:

“In that line “You make it all worth it / Baby doll, you’re perfect the way you are / Accidents happen,” Eminem seems to be revealing the fact that he is manipulating me. Like he knows he has this power over me and uses me like a pawn to take the fall for him. And maybe he doesn’t really love me… he just says all those nice things to keep controlling me… I don’t know for sure. You’ll have to ask him if that’s what he was going for but that’s how I interpret it, and I love it because it takes the song to an even more fucked up place.” 


Read full song annotations on Genius here and listen to “Kill For You” below: