Miley Cyrus’s Album Won’t Be ‘That Hip-Hop,’ Pharrell Says

'She can't be put into a box,' says P, who's set to guest on today's 'RapFix Live' at 4 p.m. on MTV.com.

With every new single, collaboration and twerkin’ video that she drops, Miley Cyrus continues to tickle fans with her spontaneity, but Pharrell, who is producing her upcoming album, is also a big fan of Miley’s Southern charm.

“I love Miley — she’s really honestly at the core a good person and it’s always cool to work with Southern people,” Pharrell tells MTV News of immediately hitting it off with the 20-year-old. “Not that I don’t love working with West Coast, Midwest and East Coast people, but Southern people just have this thing where…sort of a Southern value kicks in and along with that value is also that Southern appreciation.”

Miley and Skateboard P have been working together for over a year now, and their friendship has grown over those months spent in the studio. “Coming from Nashville, she just sort of appreciates things in a different way and it comes through in her performance and her aspiration,” he continued. “That’s my lil sis. She knows what she wants to do and at the tender age that she is now, she’s just getting started.”

In addition to Pharrell’s contributions, Miley collaborated with ATL producer Mike Will Made It on her new ‘turn up’ anthem “We Can’t Stop,” which includes some chopped-and-screwed elements and leans away from the electro influence of her Disney days. The LP will also include a feature from Wiz Khalifa and possibly even French Montana, but don’t expect the hip-hop lean on the LP to be too heavy.

“It’s just gonna sound like her and her influences, but it’s not that hip-hop heavy,” Pharrell says of the full body of work. That’s not what she does, that’s not where she comes from. It’s a part of what she loves, which is a very big difference.”

“I would expect that there would be elements of the things that she’s into, but nothing rules her,” he added. “She’s a fiery Sagittarius; she can’t be put into a box. None of us can anyway. All of us like a little of this and a little of that, in terms of the elements of our influences.”

So, no twerkin’ anthem on the album then?

Stay tuned for the rest of our chat with Pharrell where he explains why Miley dropped her now infamous twerkin’ video.


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