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9 Times Miley Cyrus Had No Problem Stealing from Hip-Hop

For years, Miley Cyrus has drawn criticism for her fetishizing of hip-hop music and imagery. The former Hannah Montana transitioned out of her earlier teen idol image by piling on rap cliches like gold grills and booty-twerkin’ and was able to reinvent herself as one of the most provocative and polarizing artists in music.

But now the pop star is moving away from hip-hop and in a new Billboard interview, she explained why. Her new single “Malibu” finds her moving in a rootsier direction and she says she’s fallen out of love with her rap-lite image.

“But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks,'” Miley says in the interview, before adding, “I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.’ I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’ — I am so not that.”

Hip-hop often gets reduced to it’s most hedonistic presentation, and Miley was able to ride that image for as long as she liked before deciding it wasn’t fashionable for her any longer. So we compiled ten examples of Miley being perfectly fine with stealing that kind of image to reinvent her own.

Check out the evidence in the gallery above this story. 

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