Miley Cyrus is going back to her hip hop “roots.” After taking a hiatus from the rap game to lean more into her country style on her last album — and getting dragged for appropriation in the process —the 26-year-old singer says she’s ready to dust off her twerk and her Jordans for her next one. Yeah, you read that right.
Miley recently (Feb. 21) spoke with Vanity Fair and shared with everyone what we can expect from her next album which she plans to drop this summer. “There’s psychedelic elements, there’s pop elements, there’s more hip-hop-leaning records,” she says. “You know, in the same way I like to kind of just be genderless, I like feeling genre-less.” This new album, she says, will be “just kind of a mosaic of all the things that I’ve been before.”
Now you may have forgotten that Miley was very much a part of the hip hop world when she released her album Bangerz in 2013. She worked with some of the best in hip hop producers that included Pharrell, Mike Will Made It, and Future.
Miley has been accused of appropriating hip-hop culture without fully understanding the origins. She later explains in her interview that she was influenced by her surroundings.
“I think we’re so influenced by the people that we’re around,” she told Vanity Fair. “And my community when I was working on Bangerz—Future actually wrote on ‘Love Money Party.’ Those are the people in my life that I was really around and in the studio with. Future is amazing and has a lot of wisdom, too. Just listening to him and Mike Will, who was going to call his first record Made It from the Basement—the way they grew up was obviously so different from the way I grew up.”
As for her return to the rap game, Twitter is most definitively not here for it:
Cancel Culture is still letting Miley Cyrus live out here taking advantage of hip-hop for the 2nd time after she bad mouthed us...I’m really disappointed in y’all. Y’all be fake mad.— EZLR .P! (@ElieP_) February 23, 2019
Young.. Why am I in a day long debate about culture appropriation...and Miley Cryus.. Like did she not use hip-hop and then turn her back on it?— Mr. E (@TeddyKrueger) February 23, 2019
miley cyrus? going back? hip-hop? ROOTS? i have so many questions.. https://t.co/Hwz9zmfUoh— z ! (@nzingaszn) February 23, 2019
No thanks Miley😒— Luis Miguel Magallanes (@Lucy_McMaggie) February 23, 2019
The hip-hop thing didnt work out when you did it. Shit was trash...
You don't even have a rudimentary understanding of what Hip-Hop is, and that's what made it underwhelming.#YouJustDontGetIt https://t.co/LfzbxgzrPz
Miley is going back Hip-Hop. pic.twitter.com/xtGzWkDaH2— Jay B. (@JustBeVibing) February 22, 2019
the fake ass “miley dissed hip-hop” tweets literally don’t even go viral or get a lot of attention anymore. yeah, you bitches lost. pic.twitter.com/XlISp5BObo— 🥂 (@MiIeysSavage) February 22, 2019
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