Miley Cyrus is hanging up her twerking shoes. In her comeback single “Malibu,” the singer is seen rolling on the sandy beaches of the Californian paradise instead of rolling on molly at a house party in Richland Farms.
This move is deliberate. In a new interview with Billboard, Cyrus responds that she is leaving behind hip-hop, even though she loves Kendrick Lamar.
“But I also love that new Kendrick song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not “Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.” 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 cock” — I am so not that.”
Cyrus continues to talk about how politics affect her work, saying she doesn’t want her politics to be the only thing she is known for. “I was torn on whether I was going to work with certain producers that I really like. But I feel if we’re not on the same page politically … My record is political, but the sound bite doesn’t stop there.”
“Because you can write something beautiful and you know E! News will ruin our lives and say, “This is a political record.” Because then I’m the Dixie Chicks and I’m getting my album smashed in the streets, and that’s not what I want. I want to talk to people in a compassionate, understanding way — which people aren’t doing.”
Leave the Dixie Chicks out of it!
Cyrus attempted to clarify her statement with an Instagram post. In the caption she underscores the nature of interviewing saying, “When articles are read it isn’t always considered that for hours I’ve spoken with a journalist about my life, where my heart is, my perspective at that time, and the next step in my career. Unfortunately only a portion of that interview makes it to print, & A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation.”
Regardless, some are saying hip-hop won’t miss her.
In an article titled “Dear Miley Cyrus: Hip-Hop Culture Never Needed You and It Won’t Miss You,” Preston Mitchum at The Root writes:
White artists like Cyrus treat hip-hop and black artistry like an item of clothing, something to shed once it’s been worn too much. She and other performers like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry make enough money off the backs of black people, then attempt to evolve into more peaceful, serene and tranquil versions of themselves.
They “slum it” with the “niggas,” then get all cleaned up and go back to the big house with Mommy and Daddy. All the while, black people are harmed, but the people who effectuated that harm have no accountability.
Now that Cyrus’ fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, is back in her life, she doesn’t need hip-hop anymore to make her popular. That isn’t evolution; it’s white supremacist capitalist manipulation. Luckily, for the majority of black America, we knew that we never needed her, her raspy pitch, her nonrhythmic dancing or her failed twerking in the first place.