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?


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