Skylar Gray has created hits for Eminem, Rihanna, Kehlani and more, and in a new interview, the singer/songwriter says she had to sell her entire catalog in order to pay legal fees for her contentious divorce.
Talk to Variety On Monday, June 6, Gray opened up about why she’s been largely on the sidelines for the past few years. “I wasn’t really allowed to talk about anything that was going on because I was in a legal dispute. … But since 2017 I was going through a divorce and a lawsuit, it was destroying me emotionally and financially,” she said. “Last year, 2021, we finally settled it, settled it, I had to sell my catalog in order to pay the settlement, which was very sad in a way, because these songs like ‘Love the Way You Lie’ and ‘Coming Home’ are my babies.
Although the songwriter says she had no plans to put her catalog back together – which also included tracks from Ciara (“Beauty Marks”), G-Eazy (“Pick Me Up” featuring Anna of the North) and Nick Jonas (“Right Now” with Robin Schulz) — in the market, she reached a point where she felt like she had no other options.” At the same time, nobody can tell me that I didn’t write those songs just because I don’t own the rights to them anymore,” she added. “I didn’t want to sell them, but it was my only way to put the past behind me. .”
Now that Gray sees no dividend from her life’s work, she’s focused on moving forward and continuing to make new music like her self-titled 2021 album. songwriter and I want to be an artist,” she said, comparing her situation to a scene she saw in Kanye West’s recent Netflix documentary series. Jeen-Yuhs: A Kayne Trilogy.
These days, Gray says she’s “taking it all in, managing herself and producing her own album.” I make my own merch, sell my own merch, and ship, pack, and ship out of my house right now. I’m back to square one, but I really believe in what I’m doing.
Gray received five Grammy nominations in 2010-11 – Song of the Year and Best Rap Song for “Love the Way You Lie,” recorded by Eminem with Rihanna; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Singing Collaboration for “I Need a Doctor,” which she recorded with Dr. Dre and Eminem; and Album of the Year as Producer on Rihanna’s Strong.