In addition to adopting an edgier look and sound on her new album, Can’t Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus is also trying out a new way of expressing herself. On tracks like “Liberty Walk,” Cyrus raps — but please, don’t call MC an MC.
“I call it more of a spoken, rhythmic [singing style],” she explained. “I’m not a rap type. Maybe a little bit. It’s speaking to the music, but if I say that I’m a rapper, I’m going to be like, ’I’m not a rapper.’ I’ve got no flow in that way. I’ve got no swag.”
Her “Can’t Be Tamed” single, however, did just get a hip-hop makeover, courtesy of Lil Jon, who Cyrus said took the track to a whole new level. “He’s sick,” she said. “I love him, because he just made this song. It was already something that set me apart, but it just [became something more with him]. You know, the fact that he respects my music and we are completely opposite styles, and the fact that he can be like, ’OK, this is a good song,’ it just shows you don’t have to be a certain age, gender [to like it].
“It’s a dance song,” she added about the remix. “It’s a party song, and he’s awesome. I like how he’s one person when he’s chilling in the studio. I’ve never seen someone flip on and off. He’s got, like, double personas … like so wired. It’s cool.”
Although she once admitted she has never heard a Jay-Z song — despite her Jay-referencing line in “Party in the U.S.A.” — she does have a few other favorite MCs, including Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman. “I love it,” she said of the two rappers. “I don’t know any of the songs. They all blend in. I can’t really break it up, but I like it. But I’m not a rapper.”
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