Miley Cyrus Responds to Backlash Over Hip-Hop Comments

Miley Cyrus attempts to clear up her controversial comments on rap music: "I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop."

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Miley Cyrus may be "evolving," but she still knows how to stir up controversy.

During a recent interview with Billboard, the 24-year-old singer made several controversial comments about rap music. Cyrus said she was backing away from the genre, which influenced her 2013 Bangerz album, because she could no longer relate to the typical lyrics.

"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 dick, suck on my cock.' I can't listen to that anymore," she explained. "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."

The remarks ignited a social media firestorm, with many accusing Cyrus of appropriating hip-hop culture, before dumping—and criticizing—the genre when it was no longer useful for her.

Cyrus, however, wants the world to know she has nothing but love for hip-hop.

This weekend, the singer went to Instagram to defend her comments and to explain which variety of rap she still enjoys. "I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country , pop , alternative …. but in this particular interview I was asked about rap)," she wrote. "I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop […] At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap."

You can read her full message below.

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