Miley Cyrus won't be silenced. She is calling herself (and anyone else for that matter) out for problematic mistakes that have been made.
The musician dropped her latest album that recalled elements from previous works for the first time. While her other projects were all vastly different from one another, She Is Coming draws inspiration from a little bit of everything she's done in the past.
Despite the mixed reviews the album has received, it does seem like Cyrus has grown and learned from missteps and controversial moments in her past. The artist and activist is speaking out on important intersectional issues including sexual health, feminism, and, yes, recognizing her own problematic moments within the hip-hop community.
YouTuber Kenya Wilson made an entire video about her "problematic fav," Miley Cyrus.
In the video, Wilson said she thought Cyrus revolutionized hip-hop for a generation. Wilson explained that she was disappointed by the musician's cultural appropriation and her "racially insensitive" remarks in the 2017 interview with Billboard. The YouTuber discussed cancel culture and holding your favorite problematic artists and brands accountable. However, she confirms that she remains a fan despite the issues with Cyrus's comments.
Miley Cyrus took her fan's video as an opportunity to apologize for her insensitive comments and recognize her privilege.
After her Billboard interview came out, Cyrus apologized on a since-deleted Instagram post that called out the music magazine for highlighting her controversial comment. On Wilson's video, Cyrus took the opportunity to apologize and own what she said.
"I want to start with saying I'm sorry. I own the fact that saying ... 'this pushed me out of the hip hop scene a little' was insensitive as it is a privilege to have the ability to dip in and out of 'the scene'. There are decades of inequality that I am aware of, but still have a lot learn about."
When Cyrus released Bangerz and hits like "We Can't Stop," people called her out for cultural appropriation.
Cyrus began to dabble in riskier music like "Can't Be Tamed" and "Party In The USA." But, her real leap from her Disney days started with the 2013 album Bangerz and "We Can't Stop." When Cyrus twerked with a foam finger on the MTV Video Music Award's stage, people couldn't stop talking. Some hated it and called out her appropriative dancing, while others enjoyed seeing a different side to the artist.
Wilson said that she thought Cyrus's transition to hip-hop was revolutionary for the young women in children's television like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande. Without Cyrus paving the way, she shared, these artists wouldn't have separated from their squeaky clean reputations and explored their artistry in the same way.
In 2017 she also talked to Zach Sang about her transition to a mellow more country-pop sound.
Cyrus joked about her Bangerz persona and the type of artist she was in 2013. Younger Now was a transition to her country roots. She shared that while she was a judge on The Voice, she was disappointed that contestants didn't view her as a real country artist. "It breaks my heart a little bit that Blake Shelton's known as like the country singer on The Voice, when it's like, 'Man, Dolly Parton ain't your godmama.'"
"This is me. This is my soul and my being," she said about her 2017 album. "It's the same [me], but in a new time."
The singer-songwriter's latest project, She Is Coming EP, draws on all of her previous genres.
At the 9:58 mark, Cyrus dives into her rap song "Catittude" featuring Ru Paul. Fans and critics were confused by her awkward rapping and strange style of performance, but it clearly was drawn from her hip-hop days.
Her song "Mother's Daughter" and "D.R.E.A.M" have hip-hop influences but have a similar pop feel as her Younger Now album. And the promotion of the album has drawn inspiration from the glittery slime-filled Dead Petz days.