bodak yellow by Joshua Eferighe October 4, 2017
If you didn’t know, let me remind you: Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” is the number one song in America for a second week in a row.
Yes, the Bronx princess who was hustling for money just a few years ago is signed to a major label and holding the belt for the most popular song in America over the likes of Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift.
As you can imagine there has been praise and congratulations from peers like Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott to J.Cole and Simone Biles. And justifiably so, it’s beautiful that hip-hop can give opportunities to people who might not have gotten them otherwise.
However, when it comes to hip-hop, and specifically Cardi B, certain people shouldn’t be allowed to comment. And Miley Cyrus is one of them.
Just four years removed from her pop/hip-hop album Bangerz — which was executively produced by Mike Will Made It by the way — Miley Cyrus decided to declare herself “out of the hip-hop scene” in an interview for Billboard’s May 13 cover issue.
“But 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 d*ck, suck on my c*ck.’ I can’t listen to that anymore. 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 c*ck’ — I am so not that.
“I was torn on whether I was going to work with certain producers that I really like. But I feel if we’re not on the same page politically.”
Not only has she validated every accusation of cultural appropriation she got back when she was twerking at the VMA’s and rapping about wearing Jordans, now she’s proved herself a hypocrite by having the audacity of going near the hottest song in the country, which so happens to be Cardi B’s, which so happens to be hip-hop.
Yesterday on Fallon, while participating in ‘the musical genre challenge’ — a game where you remix a popular song in a different genre — she lands “Bodak Yellow.”
Now, many would say that it wasn’t her fault or that she had no control over where the generator would land, but that does nothing more than spreading the blame.
And in that case, there’s enough blame to go around.
Call it extreme, over the top, sensitive, or whatever you want, but the simple truth is if one producer, programmer, engineer, or anyone who put that show together understood what it meant to have someone use your culture for profit then denigrate something you cherish, they would not have given her an opportunity to come close to that genre.
Bangerz went on to sell 1 million copies, out-selling her 2010 studio effort Can’t Be Tamed by a landslide. Now, that her new album Younger Now is out, she’s moved on, decidedly satisfied from what she’s sucked out of our culture.
4.7 on Pitchfork now she back fuckin with rap, I see https://t.co/O1G3mxJT0z
— Frazier Tharpe II (@The_SummerMan) October 3, 2017
It’s not fair because people should be on top of this. She should be held accountable and not allowed to go near anything hip-hop. Especially something as sacred as a Cardi B.
We’re okay with her not performing or making hip-hop again — the exit door is lined with streamers, balloons, and confetti.
However, it’s not okay for her to dip back in to enjoy what she so clearly doesn’t want anymore whenever she feels like it. That’s not how this works.