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How Miley Cyrus Appropriated Hip-Hop Culture and Ran Back to Country

How Miley Cyrus Appropriated Hip-Hop Culture and Ran Back to Country

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017
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With Miley’s newest album Younger Now, due to be released towards the end of this month, many listeners are irked by the pop star’s not-so-smooth transition from her twerk team,grill wearing, faux loc flipping,hip-hop-wanna-be days, into her “back to her roots”, innocent-pigtail-country white girl persona again…


Image Source: Brian Bowen/Billboard Magazine (1), https://www.instagram.com/mileycyrus/ (2)

Now, the issue isn’t that Miley had an “interest” in hip hop and black culture. This issue with Miley’s recent switch up, is that she obviously wasn’t truly invested in the history, or the expanse of variety that the genre hip-hop has to offer. In her recent Billboard magazine interview, when asked about an artist that influenced her, she revealed her true hypocrisy and lack of knowledge on the depth of hip hop in her comment below.


Original Source: Billboard.com

This, by the way is the same Miley who was poking Robin Thicke’s crotch with a foam finger, and twerking on him in a nude colored latex, bikini style getup at the VMA’s in 2013.


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All of this isn’t just Miley crapping on hip-hop culture. It is also inevitably, Miley crapping on and appropriating her view of African American culture to rebuild her image, and pay her bills. In fact, she was reported telling Rock City, who were the songwriters for Miley’s summer hit “We Can’t Stop”, that “I want urban, I just want something that just feels Black.’” Funny enough, when asked in her Billboard interview about how her more “conservative” audience feels about her past music choices, and her recent switch back to country, she was quoted saying:
“It’s mind-boggling to me that there was even a controversy around me having black dancers. That became a thing, where people said I was taking advantage of black culture, and with Mike [WiLL Made-It] — what the f*ck? That wasn’t true. Those were the dancers I liked!”


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Yet I wonder if those same dancers that she claimed to like so much will be featured in any music videos that will be released following her new country album. Or perhaps her old “friends” will not fit her new image, and appeal to her new audience.

All in all, no one can be surprised that this is the route Miley chose to take. It’s the same route a plethora of other white female artists have taken when trying to “dirty up” and add some more sex appeal to their image. Hopefully, moving forward we have learned something from Miley’s mess and don’t fall for these worn out, blatant tactics again.

– Elizabeth O.

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