By Jocelyn Vena
Miley Cyrus might roll with hip-hop royalty, but that doesn’t mean she’s angling for any thrones herself. The “We Can’t Stop” singer is opening up about her 2013 album release in Billboard and the bottom line is just because she hangs with rappers doesn’t mean she wants to be one herself. OK?
“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” the magazine’s cover girl shared. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”
She also shared that her album won’t be as hip-hop heavy as her collaborators might lead fans to believe. Producer Pharrell confirmed that to MTV News last week. In addition to Pharrell, Cyrus has worked with Mike Will Made It, Mac Miller, Juicy J and more as she finishes up work on the album, slated for release later this year. “I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side,” she said. “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.’”
She then said the album will embrace lots of genres- going as far as to put them all in a blender to create a Miley-approved new sound. She added, “We’ve been calling it ‘count-step,’ because it’s like country, dubstep and a little trap,” she says. “I love the Lumineers, but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Dolly Parton. If you could put Dolly, some Adele and Juicy J together, you’d have that weird balance.”