May 2017: Remarks on Rap Music
In the years following Bangerz, Cyrus continued to settle into life as a public figure, toying with her image, dropping a free, experimental album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz in 2015, and spending time with her on-and-off fiance Liam Hemsworth. In May, she announced her planned musical return, once again shedding her recent past. While hinting at a more rootsy, country-infused sound during an interview with Billboard, Cyrus controversially took aim at modern hip-hop, accusing the genre (which she once loved) of being too misogynistic and flashy. "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 cock' — I am so not that." Cyrus later responded via Instagram by defending her comments.