Skylar Grey is anything but shy on her new album Don’t Look Down, released last week by Interscope and featuring the likes of Big Sean, Angel Haze and Travis Barker. Executive produced by Eminem and Alex da Kid, the album includes songs about domestic violence, unexpected pregnancy and even first love.

“The album tells a lot of different stories from my life and growing up,” she told on album release day. “It’s about growing up and coming into your own. For me that was going through a lot of different struggles as a kid. I look back into the past, into my childhood on this album.”

This isn’t her first time working with Eminem, for whom she wrote the 2010 monster hit “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna. The same week she wrote “Love The Way You Lie,” Grey penned another deeply personal song that appears on Don’t Look Down, titled “Final Warning.” “It was inspired by the same relationship [as ‘Love The Way You Lie’],” she said. “I think you can pick up on that.”

Eminem, who also appears on the album’s first single “C’mon Let Me Ride,” encouraged her to trust her gut and make something that takes an honest, hard look at where she’s been.

“Working with Em has been one of the most amazing things in my entire life to have ever happened and probably that will ever happen,” she said. “He’s been so great about giving me feedback and I really trust his opinion. With this album, [him] being executive producer, I was able to bounce everything off of him and see what he has to say. The biggest thing that I learned from him was just to be myself and listen to my instincts.”



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