WATCH: Eminem Does Freddie Mercury in a Trailer Park
You know singer-songwriter Skylar Grey best as cowriter of and Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie." Now she's launching a solo career with the playful single "C'mon Let Me Ride," which pinged our gaydars because it features Eminem singing a snippet from Queen's 1978 hit "Bicycle Race."
Grey recently told Rolling Stone that it was actually Eminem's idea to include the Queen chorus. "That was an Eminem move," she says. "The first time I heard his verse, he had added that part in as well and it made me laugh, so we kept it." Grey also explains why she decided to keep Eminem's vocals instead of Mercury's originals: "I love hearing Marshall change his voice like that and just, like, be a character, play a character, so I thought that was funnier, personally."
Shot in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit, the outrageous music video for "C'mon Let Me Ride" is set in a trailer park, which is an especially strange place for the historically homophobic but marriage equality-supporting rapper to be sampling the late, great Freddie Mercury hook — using his giddy "Pee-wee Herman" voice, no less!
"C'mon Let Me Ride" is the first single from Grey's debut album Don't Look Down — executive-produced by Eminem — which is due spring 2013. Check out the video below.