Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams has clarified speculation and rumors about pop singer Miley Cyrus going all-rap everything on an upcoming solo album.
Despite her ties to various rappers, Pharrell said the project would 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)
Last fall, Pharrell and Miley locked in some studio time together along with Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator.
“A lot of the beats are produced hip-hop beats,” she said, “but the vocal is very raw and my voice is kind of on top of all the tracks, which is what I wanted.” Cyrus said she is working with producer Pharrell Williams and “a lot of hip-hop producers that are actually from the South, because I wanted more of that dirty-South vibe, a little ATL in there.” While she loves performing on camera, music matters most to Cyrus. “I want people to remember me for things that are great,” she said. “Much bigger than the comedies that I do, but more about the music that I write and the songs that you leave for the world to think about.” (Billboard)