Miley Cyrus Receives Backlash for 'Appropriating' Hip-Hop Culture

In a new interview, Miley Cyrus talks about her new music and gives some comments on hip-hop that haven't been well-received at all.

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Miley Cyrus is preparing to release her first major label studio album since the 2013 hit Bangerz. Speaking with Billboard ahead of the release of the still untitled album's single "Malibu," Cyrus discussed her "rootsy" new music and claimed that she's backed away "a little" from listening to hip-hop due to some of its lyrical subject matter.

Asked by John Norris about the "singer-songwriter-y" vibe of her new album and whether folk singer Melanie Safka (who performed with Cyrus on her Backyard Sessions web series in 2015) had any influence, Cyrus said she did. "But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song ["Humble"]: 'Show me somethin' natural like ass with some stretch marks,'" Cyrus said. "I love that because it's not 'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.' I can't listen to that anymore."

Cyrus added: "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' comments on hip-hop have been met with criticism reminiscent of the original claims of appropriation lodged against her work on Bangerz:

Um. Why did Miley Cyrus think that anyone wanted her to comment on hip-hop? ESPECIALLY after she spent 2 years appropriating it. PLEASE.

— shanicka (@rizzlekicksz) May 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus is full of shit bc hip-hop has always contained vulgar sex lyrics

— Move Mojito! (@branfire) May 4, 2017

DUH: Miley Cyrus wore hip hop culture like a costume. Abandoned it. Stereotypes it now.

— Britt PURE/HONEY Julious ✨ (@britticisms) May 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus says she won't listen to hip-hop because it's misogynistic. And she's gone country again.

Translation:Peace out, black culture.

— Dr. Heckyll AND Mr. Jive 😷 💉 (@ChocnessMonsta) May 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus says she doesn't listen to hip-hop anymore, but she likes Kendrick Lamar

White privilege

— GODBODY (@well_frass) May 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus admitting she made a whole persona off stereotypes in Hip-Hop to sell.

— Rhythmless Nation (@1upgiraffic) May 4, 2017

In the Billboard interview, Cyrus also addressed the initial controversy surrounding her Bangerz era, including the criticism she received for using black backup dancers at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. "That became a thing, where people said I was taking advantage of black culture, and with [Bangerz collaborator] Mike [WiLL Made-It]—what the fuck?" Cyrus said. "That wasn't true. Those were the dancers I liked!"

Read the full Billboard interview, featuring more insight on Cyrus' follow-up to her 2015 free release Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, right here. Her new single hits the usual outlets May 11.

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