Miley Cyrus Says “I Respect All Artists” After Backlash For Hip-Hop Criticism

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Miley Cyrus Hip Hop Backlash

By Shari Weiss |

Miley Cyrus Hip Hop Backlash


Miley Cyrus says she “respects all artists” after criticizing the hip-hop community in her new Billboard cover story. The singer responded to the backlash on Instagram early Saturday morning.

Cyrus’ Billboard feature was released online late Thursday, a week before she debuts a new song called “Malibu.” The wide-ranging article covered the singer-actress’ thoughts on politics, her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, and her evolving tastes in music. In the Q&A, she praised Kendrick Lamar but ripped sexually-explicit songs that she finds misogynist.

“It’s not ‘Come sit on my d*ck, suck on my c*ck.’ 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 c*ck.’ I am so not that,” Cyrus was quoted as saying. She also addressed past accusations of cultural appropriation, 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!”

But all of those comments led to controversy on social media, where Cyrus was ripped for harshly judging the hip-hop community after previously embracing it. Now the former child star is insisting her quotes were played up just to spark drama. In a lengthy Instagramm post, she wrote, “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.”

“So, to be clear 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),” Cyrus continued. “I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I’ve collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap!”

The “We Can’t Stop” singer went on to explain, “As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist with out borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds!”

She added, “I hope my words (sung or spoken) always encourage others to LOVE… Laugh… Live fully… to be there for one another… to unify, and to fight for what’s right (human, animal, or environmental) Sending peace to all! Look forward to sharing my new tunes with you soon!”

Cyrus’ statement has received more than 800,000 likes in the hours since it was posted, although not all the responses have been positive. One person, for instance, commented, “Appreciate the attempt to clarify, but you have failed to address the anger that a lot of us feel towards these particular statements about rap music because you still have not recognize[d] your privilege in this situation.”

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