Jay-Z wasn’t praising Miley Cyrus on Magna Carta Holy Grail’s “Somewhereinamerica” when he rapped, “Cause somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin.”
But that went over her head when she hopped on Twitter to boast that Mr. Carter wasn’t shouting out any other “b*tches.”
Ratchet culture is the new “it” thing in pop culture where artists like the former Hannah Montana Disney star imitate an actual lived experience of some poor underclass people of color. The bandana rocking, gold grill bling, and twerking she dabbles in for entertainment is a reality that can’t be escaped.
While some black males and celebrities laud Miley for her inauthentic attempt to appear “down” with the brown, others who live what she portrays are considered “ratchet”; a title that comes often with negative connotations.
Take a look at the official Twerk Team: Two black women who make a living from their choreographed hip gyrating YouTube videos (and who are a hell of a lot better at twerking than Miley) for example. Scrolling through their comment section, they are subjected to degrading, racist and sexist insults, but Miley’s white privilege allows her to twerk on stage with Memphis producer and rapper Juicy J unscathed.
Not only does Miley Cyrus accessorize her videos with blacks, according to songwriters, Rock City, she wants a black sound for her upcoming project.
“I want urban, I just want something that just feels black,” the “Party In The U.S.A.” singer allegedly told her producers.
Yes, because something that “feels black” can be worn for commodification and taken off when it no longer benefits her.
Jay-Z has rarely lauded white women in his music in the way many of his peers fetishize, which makes it clear he’s subtly calling her (and America out) for profiting from black music. On Jay-Z’s already platinum 12th album, Miley thinks Jay-Z is encouraging her to twerk because, well, he raps, “Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk, Miley, Miley, twerk.”
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