Miley tried it but blame Hip-hop for allowing her
Because there shouldn’t be space in Hip-hop for people that don’t actually care about the art form.
The fall from grace for many childhood stars seems to always begin or end with the whole ‘good gone bad’ phase and in some cases, they find their true creative by dabbling in and discarding Hip-Hop/ black culture (Mark Wahlberg, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, to name a few). Whether this is through ‘street dressing’, or channeling the musical forms of big name artists, it seems as though Hip-Hop culture has become the drop in centre for artists trying to find themselves, and we always accept them with open arms. Now don’t get me wrong, if someone truly feels that they can connect to Hip-Hop culture then I’m all for it. But there needs to be a line drawn, because there shouldn’t be space in Hip-hop for people that don’t actually care about the art form.
Miley Cyrus was the token example of the scenario I described above. I honestly don’t know whether I was surprised or disturbed when she began exploring the worst elements of Hip-Hop culture, but they gave her a platform and she tried it. She tried it so much that she began using black women as props in her videos and performances, and we all just sat and watched. The only thing that really seemed to spark outrage from the world (white people) was that cute little Hannah Montana was veering into the dangerous territory of “ghetto rap music”, while everyone seemed to completely miss the intentional degradation of black female bodies for fame.
Anyways fast forward to recent times, Miley reveals in a Billboard magazine interview that she’s no longer down with Hip-hop/Rap because the genre promotes misogyny. The singer quotes,
“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 cock’ – I am so not that.”
Then on her Instagram page, she clarifies her stance by saying,
“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) 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! 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 without borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds! 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! –”
….So in other words, now that profiting off of ‘black culture’ (I use this term loosely because black culture is complex af) no longer serves your selfish agenda, you’re ready to move on?
Now I know some people might read that sob story and think she has grown and matured as a woman, but if it was genuine then she would recognize her own participation in this misogyny she speaks of. Speaking of human rights, I find it funny that she wants to fight for human rights, but she ignored the harsh realities of the marginalized groups she was glorifying and imitating. AND this conscious rap she speaks of…Miley, name five conscious rappers without relying on Google and then I might actually take this nonsense seriously.
Now I could go on and on regarding my feelings about Miley, but it’s the Hip-hop industry/culture that I truly blame. I bet if you ask ten people to describe Hip-hop, everyone will have different responses, but they will all have the same complaints (I know, I’ve done this before). Hip-hop culture is so heavily polluted with trash and so eager to accept trash, that the true lovers of Hip-hop find it very hard to defend and support the art the way they did in the Golden age (late 70’s to about early 2000s). I mean, the industry is pretty much controlled by white people (The Big 3 labels), so of course, it’s expected that the true form of the art will be reduced to stereotypes that hinder black people. It’s a damn shame though because I luuuuhhhh me some Hip-hop, but with age I’m losing interest in the musical aspect of Hip-hop. A typical day for me (listening to the radio or in the club) is like ‘oh I heard this song’, but I have no idea who sings/ raps what with who these days lol.
But anyways, we have all accepted and claimed hot flaming trash as Hip-hop culture and black culture (again using that term loosely), so we need to be accountable for our roles in allowing people like Miley to insult us… not once, but twice (especially if you twerked to ’23’ at the club…is that even the name of the song lol). If you truly love and appreciate Hip-hop, I say support independent artists, support independent labels and don’t let that mainstream trash shape your perceptions of what Hip-hop is and should be.
On that note, let’s give Felicia a rest.