Miley Cyrus Responds to Backlash Over Hip-Hop Comments: 'I'm Gravitating Towards More Uplifting, Conscious Rap'

Miley Cyrus has toned down her image in recent months, but the 24-year-old is still no stranger to controversy.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Miley made a few controversial comments about rap music — basically saying that while her 2013 album Bangerz was heavily influenced by the genre, she’s at a point in her life where she can’t relate to typical rap lyrics.

She said

“I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.’ I can’t listen to that anymore,” she explained. “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.”

Of course, Miley has since been accused of using hip-hop culture to her benefit before discarding and criticizing it. She took to Instagram to respond to the backlash and clarify her comments.

Take a look:

When articles are read it isn’t always considered that for hours I’ve spoken with a journalist about my life , where my heart is, my perspective at that time, and the next step in my career. Unfortunately only a portion of that interview makes it to print, & A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation. So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country , pop , alternative …. but in this particular interview I was asked about rap) I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I’ve collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist with out borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds! I hope my words (sung or spoken) always encourage others to LOVE…. Laugh…. Live fully…. to be there for one another… to unify, and to fight for what’s right (human , animal , or environmental ) Sending peace to all! Look forward to sharing my new tunes with you soon! – MC

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