Yes, there are some critics who wish Miley Cyrus would quit all the twerking and the foam finger play, but Nelly isn't one of them. Actually, the veteran hitmaker is rooting for the controversial pop star.
"I'm excited to see somebody throw some stuff right back in a lot of people's face," Nelly said when he sat with MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "I think she's very smart because I think she's doin' it on purpose. Everybody's in an uproar and I'm like go 'head, play right into her hands."
Nelly compares Miley's current trajectory to pop queen Madonna, who ruffled some feathers during her ascent, too.
"She's young, why shouldn't she do it? Somebody else did it their way and wound up being one of the biggest stars on the planet, possibly one of the biggest females of all time in Madonna," he reasoned. "Don't nobody say nothin'. Now everybody wanna hold Madonna holidays."
On Tuesday the "Country Grammar" spitter released his seventh solo LP M.O., and next week, he will play a role when Miley releases her highly anticipated Bangerz LP. The two worked on "4x4," a country-tinged track produced by Pharrell Williams.
It's all about self-expression — something Nelly knows all about. Aside from his penchant for making pop hits, the St. Louis rapper has experimented with a variety of different sounds — most notably when he worked with country crooner Tim McGraw on 2004's "Over and Over." It's all comparable to Miley's newfound rap affiliations.
"She has no reason to be who you want her to be and I think she's standing up for a lot of people," he reasoned. "What we do is art, it's artistic, it's expression, it don't have to be politically correct. It's only wrong when you're doin' it for the wrong reasons."