Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently discussed her admiration for urban culture and admitted the seemingly sudden embrace drew premature comparisons to Young Money’s Nicki Minaj.
Despite having a love for the genre, Miley said her focus is deeper into singing rather than the art of writing rap bars.
“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” Cyrus says. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.” To that end, Edge is particularly excited about “Wrecking Ball”-a defiant power ballad produced by Dr. Luke with a thrilling vocal performance. “We were inspired by OneRepublic, and the way Timbaland used to do those big ballads,” Cyrus says. Edge adds: “When Miley came to us she had really good songs already, including ‘Wrecking Ball,’ which blew us away. It could be a career song for her.” (Billboard)
Although known for ties to various rappers, music producer Pharrell Williams recently said her upcoming solo music project will not be dominated by hip-hop.
“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. 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.” (MTV)
Back in April, Pharrell suggested Miley Cyrus is really about that rap life and much more.
“She can tell you everything about Waka Flocka. She can tell you when Gucci Mane came out. She means it ’cause she grew up in that. She grew up listening to that with all her friends. She’s showing you the signs that she’s a different girl.” (Hot 97)
Recently, Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana gushed over his bond with Cyrus.
“That’s my dog. That’s my peoples. We became friends at the Clive Davis Grammy party. I was sitting there with Puff. She was sitting there with Wiz [Khalifa]. She just kept looking at me laughing, I kept on looking at her laughing. I said, “What you laughing at?” She said, “I know you high like me.” After that, we became mad cool. I went over to the studio, just kicking it — Yeah. We working on something now. That’s just cool peoples.” (MTV Hive)