After Nicki Minaj almost made her bow down at the Video Music Awards last week, it’s no wonder why many in rap aren’t joining the Miley Cyrus fan club. Vince Staples for example, is ready for Cyrus to officially “shut the f***k up.”
Staples addressed Cyrus’s New York Times interview where she shaded Minaj's behavior, and attempted to call out a sexist double standard by using Kendrick Lamar as an example. “I don't f**k with Miley Cyrus,” Staples told i-D.com. “I don't like what Miley Cyrus said about Kendrick Lamar. She needs to say sorry. It was very salty. Hasn't she got some Disney money to spend? She should be very happy. I think she confused him with someone else.”
The Long Beach native says Cryus was misinformed when she said Lamar raps about LSD. “She didn't know who she was talking about,” he continued.”Kendrick Lamar doesn't have a song about LSD, that's A$AP Rocky. So is it either you don't know what you're talking about or is it all Black people look alike? Either one is fine with me but shut the f***k up Miley Cyrus.”
Between Cyrus and fellow pop megastar Taylor Swift, Staples is obviously siding with the latter. When asked who would win in a fight, he picked Swift ( “Taylor would whoop her a**,” he said), and also gave the "Bad Blood" singer props for standing up to Spotify and Apple Music. “I love Taylor Swift because she got a little bit of my publishing back with that whole Apple Music thing she did. Anyone who has a problem with Taylor Swift, I'm supporting her because I'm trying to buy a home right now.”
Further in the open-ended interview, Staples talks about growing up in the LBC, ghostwriters, Tyler the Creator getting banned from the U.K., and hip hop trolls who refuse to let go of the past. “I don't care about hip hop, bro,” admitted Staples. “I care about people. I don't care about anything that was happening in the eighties, the culture, the break dancing.
"I understand the importance of it but that's not necessarily something I think about," he added. "It's pretentious to say, ‘This is real hip hop. This is fake hip hop.’ If we're talking about some of the greatest musicians of all time, how many rappers are on that list? We limit ourselves, not because we're not as good. We don't want to be accepted or beloved.”
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