5 Reasons Why Miley Cyrus Is Good for Hip-Hop
Forget gang and murder references. There is nothing more gangsta than singing about lines in the bathroom, getting high on purple stuff, and trees in your lap -- especially when you're 20 years old. No matter the bleached blonde hair or teddy bears she likes to bring on stage and dance with, Miley Cyrus has already received endorsements from Kanye West, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, and a slew of other hip-hop-entrenched artists. When is the rest of the world going to learn she's actually a good thing for the genre?
Every time you complain, Miley Cyrus looks more self-satisfied.
1. She's exposing it to new audiences. Cyrus fans who loved her for her Hannah Montana days may have never ventured beyond sugary sweet pop if it weren't for Cyrus' crossover. Many music fans like a variety of genres, so it's likely these fans who were part of the Miley movement and dig Bangerz are checking out music by artists she's collaborated with. Cyrus is helping to increase record sales not just for her music, but for established hip-hop artists, as well.
2. She might inspire more young women to be rappers. Rap is a male-dominated world, and there still aren't a ton of superstar female rappers out there. Sure, prominent names such as Lady Sovreign, Lil Mama and Nicki Minaj help to promote hip hop to young ladies, but Cyrus is the biggest start on the planet right now.
The genre could always use more lady power, and now that Cyrus' legion of fans are seeing such huge success, maybe there are more young rappers in training who will get a chance to bring their views to the music world.
3. She breaks stereotypes about collaborating. If Cyrus and West can get in a studio together, then the door is completely wide open for collaborations among the music world. Five years ago, no one would have guessed Cyrus would be respected by in the hip-hop world, and maybe her crossover will encourage other popular artists to take more risks and make thought-provoking music.