Eminem has joined forces with frequent collaborator Skylar Grey for the soaring new song “Kill for You.” The single will appear on Grey’s forthcoming third album Natural Causes.
The ominous song, which the rapper also produced, is heavily influenced by the infamous crime couple Bonnie and Clyde. It’s a recurring theme in Eminem’s own music, specifically on 1999’s “’97 Bonnie & Clyde.” The pair embody different characters, with Grey promising to “kill for you” while Eminem is the manipulative, brainwashing half of the pair. “You always ride/Whatever the plan is/’Til the end/Even if I led us into an ambush,” the rapper rhymes.
“Since the first day I started writing ‘Kill for You,’ I thought the Bonnie and Clyde message would be more powerful as a duet,” Grey tells Rolling Stone. “I was stoked when Marshall put a verse on it.”
Grey has worked as a collaborator and duet partner with Eminem in the past. She has co-writing credits on all three versions of “Love the Way You Lie” and appeared as a vocalist alongside the rapper’s feature on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor” as well as Eminem’s own “Asshole.”
Natural Causes will be released on September 23rd.