I’m in the club high on Purp with some shades on
Tatted up, mini skirt with my J’s on…
Ok, so with lyrics like these from Miley Cyrus’ 2013 song “23” it isn’t hard to see why so many people are offended by her comments about no longer being a fan of hip hop. People all over the internet are accusing Cyrus of appropriating rap and various other aspects of black culture for profit, ever since “Twerk Gate” and the slew of Mike Will Made It tracks that followed seemed to bring out a wild side in her that many of us weren’t quite sure how to take.
But let’s not forget, Miley amassed quite a fortune during her run as Hannah Montana, so money couldn’t have been that huge of a factor. In fact, there was a time when prime seats at a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana concert were going for $3,000 or more, when parents were willing to shell out BIG BUCKS for their kids to catch some wholesome, kid-friendly entertained.
So it stands to reason, if Cyrus was using hip hop for ANYTHING, it was more than likely to break free from her “little girl” persona so that she could attract a more grown up audience. (If you saw the New Edition story on BET, you know how record companies love to keep kid acts looking like little kids for as long as humanly possible).
Aside from that, WHO ISN’T getting tired of the current state of hip hop? After all, Cyrus never said she was anti hip hop; rather, in her recent interview with Billboard Magazine, what she says is that she’s tired of the raunchy side of this music, and has since turned her attention to the type of music that Kendrick Lamar is putting out. We have to admit, Lamar put out some (excuse the pun) BANGERZ on his latest project, “Damn”. For her part, Cyrus is working on new music that speaks to a more real side of her, which is actually very mature. Maybe authenticity is her theme for 2017.
Miley goes on to admit that’s she has given up smoking marijuana and drinking and is focusing on building a life with her fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth. The couple broke up in 2012 after meeting on the set of their 2010 movie The Last Song. Miley said of their breakup and subsequent rekindling, “We had to refall for each other.”
Miley deserves a pass on this one. She needed to grow up, and hip hop helped her do that. After all, wasn’t hip hop your first act of rebellion? How many of us “grew up” on hip hop? She used to love HIM. Maybe music like Kendrick Lamar’s will make her “refall” for hip hop the way she did for Liam.