by TRN Staff Writer,
Hip Hop Fans Take Down Singer Miley Cyrus rose to fame on the wave of hip hop influence with everything from the music to the style to even her backup dancers. In Billboard ‘s newest cover story “Miley Unplugged” Cyrus commented that she’s evolved and has moved on from hip hop saying, “I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not, ‘Come sit on my d—, suck on my c—.’ I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much, ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c–k.’ I am so not that.” Hip Hop fans jumped on social media to note that Cyrus did what many White performers have always done—“appropriated the culture’ enough to get rich and now moving on…
Cyrus caused such a Twitterstorm that she tried to walk it back by releasing a statement that, in essence, blames Billboard saying “A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation…At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!” Guess they didn’t need to hear “powerful”, conscious rap” yesterday while you simply were trying to make a name for yourself. How exactly can Cyrus bring a more “conscious rap” to hip hop?
Maybe Cyrus should have stayed “plugged” instead opening her mouth and saying things that simply fueled Black Twitter in the “unplugged” cover story.
The entire world has watched this girl spend the last few years since she was a Disney darling as “Hannah Montana” being outrageous, offensive, debauched and claiming to be the creator of dances that she simply stole from hip hop. Now that she’s ready to ‘clean up her act’ she will save hip hop by raising the consciousness of the culture. No wonder Black Twitter roasted her–Cyrus is a bit disillusion and suffering from that ‘savior’ fever that afflicts so many like her.
What do you think….are hip hop fans wrong for slamming Cyrus? Has she contributed to the hip hop genre or just stolen from it?