Last month Larry King, out of all people, announced country singer and Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, would be releasing a "hip-hop version" of his 1992 hit single "Achy Breaky Heart."
Well, that video is here now, and it's as amazing as you would think it could be. Billy Ray teams up with rapper Buck 22, who is the son of legendary R&B singer Dionne Warwick, where the two get beamed up into an intergalactic party. The spaceship is filled with a number of scantily clad women, and they're clearly out to have a good time. Well, Billy Ray Cyrus and Buck 22 give them just that, and a bit more. Buck 22 even references Miley's twerking in his raps, because that's completely appropriate here. Larry King also makes an appearance. You have to watch this.
"Achy Breaky 2" is available now on iTunes. If you're still spellbound as to how this all came about, read what Buck 22 had to say about his collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus below.
When I ran into Billy, I thought immediately about my mom's 50th Anniversary Album that I am producing and how I'd love to pitch to him the idea of a duet with her and I immediately get my mom on the phone and ask him if he would mind doing a duet with her for her album and they both agreed. I followed up with a text soon thereafter that lead me to Jay Leno show, where Billy was performing and one week later we are at a session at Jamie Foxx’s house recording the duet.
During a break, I took a chance and asked if he would mind if I could take a crack at remaking "Achy Breaky Heart" and he looked at me for a moment, and said "lots of people have tried already, but go for it”---he didn't have a clue that I had already gone into the lab and cooked up a demo of what I thought would be a fun EDM/Hip-Hop styled version, which at the time only had a sample from the original of his voice.
He liked what he heard and weeks later, before Billy arrived at the session to record this track, he called me and asked if we have a TV in the studio, because his daughter Miley was going on Barbara Walters that evening and he did not want to miss it and as we were recording Billy in the booth singing his chorus, Miley was on the TV swinging on a “Wrecking Ball” on Barbara Walters---as Billy saw this he yelled ‘Wrecking Ball’ and we used that exact yell in the track... Today, Larry King officially re-lit the flame again and sent our fun song into the Universe!!