Earlier this month, Miley Cyrus graced the cover of Billboard looking, frankly, a lot more wholesome than the world has come to expect. Inside, a country theme dominated, with Cyrus posing in cowboy boots, short-shorts and a neckerchief. In the accompanying interview, Cyrus confirmed that her new look wasn't merely coincidental -- her sound and music tastes have also shifted back to her roots.
"I... love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]," she said. "'Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.' I love that because it’s not 'Come sit on my d**k, suck on my c**k.' 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**k' -- I am so not that.
Miley was called out for this swift dismissal of hip-hop culture by a variety of critics, most notably Zeba Blay at Huffington Post. In a piece titled 'Miley Cyrus Discarding Hip-Hop Is The Least Surprising Thing Ever,' Blay wrote: "Cyrus’ new image... serves as a striking example of how easy it is for white artists to exploit and then discard black and hip-hop culture in order to stay relevant... The ease with which Cyrus throws hip-hop under the bus validates every piece of criticism back when she first debuted her hip-hop persona."
Cyrus distancing herself from the hip-hop culture she has been accused of appropriating since her Bangerz album dropped in 2013, coincides quite strikingly with the launch of her little sister, Noah's new pop career. Which, in case you missed last week's MTV Movie Awards, looks like this: