You’ve probably heard the sayings “everyone wants to be black until the cops come,” or “everyone wants to be black except actual black people” long before Miley Cyrus came onto the scene. But one search of the former Disney star’s name on Twitter and it’s clear that some people think she’s the current poster child for the black culture fan club. From her twerking videos to her work with producer Mike Will Made It (“Bandz a Make Her Dance”), many claim she’s vying for “a black card,” whatever that means. Her latest interview with Billboard Magazine has these critics up in arm for her references to “hood music” and people who want to make her “the white Nicki Minaj.”

Here are a few excerpts:

On Loving Hood Music and Being “The White Nicki Minaj”:

“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”

On Critics Who Say She’s Losing Herself:

“That’s been kind of a trip: It’s not like I’m losing who I am — I actually found out more about who I am by making this music. I’m going on a journey, and that’s more than a lot of 20-year-olds can say. And I’m still going to change so much. Because I’m not the same person I was six months ago — I’m not even the same person I was two weeks ago.”

On Her New Song, “We Can’t Stop,” Produced by Mike Will Made It:

“I’m 20 years old and I want to talk to the people that are up all night with their friends. It’s based on a true story of a crazy night I had: When I heard the song for the first time, it captured exactly what I was living. I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it.”

On Her Urban Influence:

“I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side. It’s not a hip-hop album, though-it’s a pop album. I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.’”

What do you think of Miley Cyrus’ new direction, Clutchettes?


  • Tonton Michel

    Hood music is an accurate label for what most of what is played on the airwaves.

  • sankofa


  • Ash K

    I wish this kid would just go away. I’m tired of seeing her popping up on various blogs/ sites, twerking all over the place as she goes through her “black” phase (or whatever it is she calls herself doing). Ugh.

  • racialliteracy

    Sad. hood music ain’t even for those in hood anymore. Yeezus is for White people


    Wait, there are no women doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean do. Really?

  • Erin

    I’m just trying to figure out where her fans that come primarily from her Disney show are going to receive this change. I think the music executives are trying to turn her into the artist Pink didn’t really want to be. I’m over it already.

  • sixfoota

    I just don’t care anymore. These kids can have that trash.

    I just want real deal slow jams R&B to have a comeback.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    “I just want real deal slow jams R&B to have a comeback.”

    You and me both. I’m pining for the ’90s like they were a dear departed friend.

    All I have to say for Miley is this: >_>

  • Malik Hemmans

    nicki minaj is the white nicki minaj

  • Shirl

    “my talent is as a singer.” this made me giggle..

  • lola289

    Miley is cute ONLY in fashion pix….thats about it. I cant take her voice..
    SN: Iggy is the white Nicki.

  • Nakia

    “everyone wants to be black except actual black people”
    Never heard that one before. I’m Black and I love it. Oh, and Miley who?

  • Miakoda

    I couldn’t care less.

  • Me27

    “That’s been kind of a trip: It’s not like I’m losing who I am — I actually found out more about who I am by making this music. I’m going on a journey, and that’s more than a lot of 20-year-olds can say”

    It seems like young white pop stars always go through an urban (black) phase when they are on a journey to find themselves…

  • Chika

    “I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing”

    Seriously? Seriously, Miley? And you’re gonna be that girl on par with Miguel and Frank Ocean??
    Girl bye.

  • Swanky

    You can’t be mad at her for being herself look at black rappers they all want to be skateboarders and hippies

  • angel

    *serious eye roll

  • binks

    I bet as soon as she has a “Justin moment…aka the super bowl” she will be back to the status quo and this persona will be a simple bump in the road. I am so sick of posers like her, Justin B. and their whole gang.

  • Nkem

    No she didn’t…..NO SHE DIDN’T just say she doesn’t see girls doing what Frank and Miguel are doing….Um let’s see, there are Elle Varner, Lianna La Havas, Janelle Monae….popular artists that are innovative in their own right….there are underground artist such as Jennah Bell, KING and Ari Lennox …..again innovative in their own right. I need her to go back under the rock she came from…I was all for her style being revamped but now she comes off contrived…I can understand why white people would OBSESSED with our culture..We are an amazing race…but she needs to stop.

  • Nkem

    Let’s be real, Miley…the “music” you make can’t compare to that of Frank, Miguel and the fierce women I mentioned above. I’m so done.

  • Natalie B.

    This! I was looking at Shai and Troop videos the other night on YouTube. These kids don’t know what they’re missing.


    ME THREE!!!!!…omg i cry everyday like the 90′s was really a dear friend…just blasted lost boyz, Das EFX, Pete Rock CL Smooth….and Father Mc (treat them right) and i swear i broke down in tears….yes these generation can have miley. chief thief or whatever his name is….someone please make a hottub time machine

  • talaktochoba

    and you all thought Elvis–or at least Enema–had left the building!

    Congrats, Disney, just as racist as ever…Walt would’ve been proud;

  • EbonyLolita

    You know what? Miley “HannahMontana” Cyrus needs to go on somewhere & sit her a$$ down inna corna. See this is what happens when Black artists embrace this foolishness. If Juicy J wouldn’t have embraced this lil girl then she wouldn’t have the co-sign from w/in the hip-hop community to spout obvious stupidity. Miley is blatantly copying the fashion styles of Rihanna circa 2010-2011 & “twerking” her way into the black market. Shun a poser & they don’t have an outlet to pose. But I betchu she’ll have Juicy J & Waka Floka on her album in order to PIMP black culture & fools are gonna buy it. She need to go siddun one side for real! *Kissteeth*

  • RJ

    orrection iggy is the blackface nikki. Why do my people constantly fall for and co-sign this nonsense.

  • i think

    The once Hannah Montana fan base no longer has an interest in her, so she is somewhat irrelevant now. I think she has tried several reinvention and none have worked, so I think the “hood music” is her last hope.
    I sure she’s thinking Justin Timberlake lake did it, who by the way I believe is the road map young white artist use to find their way into “hood music”‘. I’m sure many think if I can’t make it in traditional pop I can still get paid if I go the hood route, especially if I’m white.
    Haven’t there been a couple white female chicks try this route and then their novelty wear out and the industry is done with them.

  • Fifi-Gongon

    I can’t tell whether i’m offended by her associating hood and black people, or music and nicki minaj or even herself with music, as in being an artist. Moreover, being in your early twenties and having some “crazy parties” is a cliché, and definitely the most boring topic to make a song about, especially for rich kids who are still trying to find themselves.

  • tina

    White people have been doing this since Pat Boone and Elvis in the 50s.They want to enjoy black music but feel more comfortable about their children purchasing it and playing it at home if its done by a white artist.

    She could not care less if black people buy it.


    Let’s not forget that her music doesn;’t even rise to that level anyway so she’s still not going to be “helping” this so called lack of female Miguels and Frank Oceans.


  • Gina

    Am I the only one that found this hilarious?

    Let’s call a spade a spade here.

    Miley Cyrus started out as a rock fan. Remember when she wanted re-invent her image before as some neo Janis Joplin 70s rock stuff but it all still came out as convuluted corporate cookie cutter music? I mean she tried to say she liked Radiohead and Radiohead was not having it.

    So, since the whole rock avenue didn’t work for her, now she is going the one community she knows will accept her tomfoolery. The black ‘urban hood’ community. Get outta here. She will fail in this setting too.

    Her behind should have just stuck with straight pop and/or country.

    The sad thing is, I was sort of interested to see what new music she was coming out with because of the whole ‘punk rock’ rebellious style but she just churned out the same crap she’s been cranking out for years.

    I’m not offended or impressed.
    She will never be a great musician or song writer because she doesn’t have an original bone in her body.

  • Echi

    Miley Cyrus twerks? I thought there was a minimum of 38 inches of ass before you could engage in the art.
    Would this count as the type of cultural misappropriation? It sure feels like it.

  • Child, Please

    Too late, Miley. You’re already a gimmick.

  • TajMarie

    Twerking?! I thought she was trying to throw out her back.

  • TajMarie

    She was a gimmick every since the days of Disney for stupid parents that expected adolescent girls to be a wholesome role model for their children.

  • Miakoda

    “So, since the whole rock avenue didn’t work for her, now she is going the one community she knows will accept her tomfoolery.”

    It’ll be Black men and boys mostly who will be paying her any attention.

  • Ms. Vee

    Just remember folks,ignoring irrelevant people is the best way to make them go away. Her time is near.

  • RenJennM

    The interview didn’t really sway me until she said, “I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing”. I had to do one of Tamar Braxton’s numbers: “Ooh! She TRIED it!”

    I’m 24-years-old, and I weep for my generation and younger. My peers don’t know sh*t about good music. When I was in high school, I once had some boy tell me: “If it ain’t poppin’ on the radio, it’s wack!” Uhh… what? *smh* Though I was born in ’89, I grew up listening to music that mostly came from 1987-2003. That’s my musical generation. So, my heart is mostly in the 90′s with a spill over into the early 2000′s. But I love music from as early as the 40′s all the way until now. The problem with nowadays is that the radios are completely one-dimensional. I don’t dislike “ratchet, turn-up” music or “hood” music; I actually quite enjoy it. But all the time though? No. Different moods call for different music. No one’s in a “turn-up” mood all the time. And hearing “bitches, ho’s, money, cars, diamonds” all the time numbs my ears. But my generation eats it up like junk food; it’s pathetic. Even my beloved 90′s music was inspired by music from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. My generation has to know that and should respect that.

    So, when I see young folks, like Miley or the boy from high school, who don’t know any other artists except the ones on the radio, it sickens me. You can’t call yourself a true music lover if you don’t know who anyone in music is except for who’s saturated on the airwaves. And for you to be IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY and not know any female that’s doing what Frank Ocean and Miguel are doing (and better)? That’s just tragic.

  • Miakoda

    I can’t say I understand this new usage of the words ‘irrelevant’ and ‘relevant’. What is she irrelevant to?

  • Ms. Vee

    What someone considers relevant is a matter of personal perception. I consider her irrelevant in this case, because she has no credible music talent (or any talent for that matter IMO) and is a waste of precious time. We should instead be focusing on the many underrated and undeniably talented black artists out there.

  • srhawk2887

    ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.’…That comment further gives me confirmation that she’s fake and not being true to herself. Miguel and Frank Ocean did not create a sound to fill a void but because their music is an expression of who/what they are, see, feel etc.

  • Tina

    I thought she was just another former Disney star gone stupid. I had no idea she was making records. I can’t believe she’s only 20. She looks so much older and rougher.

  • Anthony

    I have a hard time imagining someone twerking who has an extreme case of FCBS (flat Caucasian Buns.)

  • freekat

    The fact that she would put herself in with Frank Ocean and Miguel is confusing?? Mike Will Made It is pretty far from what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing, which says to me she doesn’t even understand “hood” music as a long as a black face is associated with it, it all sounds alike. Miley gets a big sit your a@@ down!

  • PrincessDi

    “I’m black and I love it.” Cosign!
    It sounds like we need a new “I’m Black and I’m Proud” anthem.

  • Eva

    Thank you!!

  • Eva

    Cracking up at hot tub time machine!

  • Nana Yaa Ansah

    She really said I like “hood music”….. that’s all I have to say. And who exactly is trying to make her the white Nicki?

  • nerdstradamas

    Great comment.

    In regards to Miley Cyrus’s comment about Miguel and Frank Ocean…did she forget about Solange? Jessie Ware? Laura Mvula? Chrisette Michele? Though they may not have as much popularity right now or the numbers that Miguel and Frank Ocean have, there are a number of women doing experimental, “indie” R&B.

    Miley’s fake and contrived persona is NOT needed in the music industry.

  • nerdstradamas

    I love her attempt to make her dabbling in hood culture/music an issue of personal growth. We see right through this bull. She is not changing or developing in a meaningful way. She’s just blindly grabbing and reaching for any subculture that will get her some coins. She’s like the daughter of Camp Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark.

  • donnadara

    What the heck is hood music? Another former child star trying to be edgy. I was done with her when she posed with a stripper talking about all I want for Christmas is a big booty ho. Women objectifying other women. smh Go have several seats.

  • powerbox

    poor miley, I think she just lost, literally lost, I think that’s why her and liam broke up, first she’s country, now she’s going for a punk rock urban look, andwho said she was the”white niki minaj”?yeah no, it’s like her and Justin beiber r so full of themselves right now, idk if they r going through there rebel stage or, and the whole Miguel and frank ocean comment, that was so uncalled for. c this is why linsay was on crack, growing up famous can’t b easy….

  • Nadell


  • addassamari

    I have to say this: she is the female version of Justin Bieber. Seriously he looks like Miley and she looks like the girl version of him. Well, what can I say, they are not among my choice of musical artists either.

  • addassamari

    Back in the 80s she would be called a gray girl – a white girl who imitates Blacks while waving her White privileges.

  • lil ray

    mainstream rap music is hood music.

  • Chelle

    She can’t compare what she’s doing to Frank Ocean or Miguel..nah son.

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