New Music | stupidDOPE ::
“….Slim links up with Skylar Grey for something incredible.
The track is a rather infectious, lyrically solid number that finds Em getting back into his comfort lane in rap, spitting some dope bars, playing the “Asshole” and doing it so well. This shit is definitely one of the stand outs from the opus….”
Eminem and Skylar Grey Reunite | Idolator ::
“….Eminem and Skylar Grey make a good team.
….it was a fairly safe bet that their latest collab — a charmingly titled tune called “Asshole” — would be a Marshall Mathers LP 2 highlight and it definitely stands out….
….Skylar comes in and delivers a truly memorable chorus…. A lot of people can identify with that sentiment….”
The Rundown | BET ::
“….Em rides the beat to perfection, speeding up his flow and switching up his cadence to match the thundering drums and synth. “Everybody knows, so don’t pretend to be nice / There’s no place you can hide, you are just an a**hole, everyone knows, everyone knows,” Skylar Grey sings….”
The Hard-Charging ‘A**hole’ | MTV Buzzworthy ::
“….one of Eminem’s most predictably reliable partners is Skylar Grey, who he’s written other smash hits and performed with….
On their latest, the frankly named “A**hole,“ Eminem, whose lyrical relationship with women is as confusing as ever, proves yet again that he does some of his best work with a strong one by his side….
The hard-charging track is less pop-leaning than his other numbers written with Grey, with a scant bass line, clattering percussion, and hyper-paced strings that mostly leave room for him to spit at people who’ve done him wrong (and there are a lot!)….
For Grey’s part, she mostly leans back. The hook, while quite infectious, is much more reserved than the type of belting we’ve come to expect. “Everybody knows that you’re just an a**hole,” she sings. It’s true. The problem is, as it’s always been, that Eminem’s such a charismatic one, it’s hard not to like him anyway….”
Eminem Collabs with Skylar Grey | HitFix ::
“….frequent collaborators Eminem and Grey reunite for “Asshole,“ a spitfire pop attack on haters. Em sounds angry and Grey sounds soothing as she sings on the chorus….”
Track-by-Track Review: Grade A | HitFix ::
“….one of Eminem’s best rants as he runs through his career like a freight train (check out the percussion on the track) on this hard-charging track taking on everything from Helen Keller to Gwen Stefani to mass murderer James Holmes. “Sometimes I forget I’m a parent,” he says, admitting he probably should never have been one. It’s a bit of a “many a truth is said in jest” song with Grey’s light-handed touch adding to the levity….”
A Return to Form | Hollywood Life ::
“….in one of the album’s best offerings, the Skylar Grey collaboration “A**hole,” our favorite rap antihero comes to the conclusion that he is, in fact, a major a**hole. Luckily, Skylar’s excellent hook….as well as the absolutely sick drum beats, will help you forgive the a**hole-ish lyrics and just enjoy the ride….”
Album Review | PopCrush ::
“….Em’s frequent cohort Grey sings the chorus, but it’s a different sound for her, as she is surrounded by marching band-like percussion. We can imagine this song becoming anthemic. Another deep lyric: “The only women I love are my daughters / Sometimes I rhyme / And it sounds like I forget I’m a father / And I push it farther / So father forgive me / If I forget to draw the line.” You don’t get that type of introspection in rap music or popular music every day by every artist….”