Feds still lurking
They see I'm still putting work in
Cause somewhere in America
Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'
THE (5) MEANINGS IN THE MILEY
Although Hova may no longer be moving weight, he believes he’s now much more of a threat to the establishment because of his cultural capital.
As Jay-Z explained on Twitter “she represents an old world’s worst nightmare”. For racists a blending of cultures to the point where young people no longer see color is their worst nightmare. For the record, Miley seems to agree with this idea…
All over america, girls that come from white privileged families are buying into hip-hop and JAY’s profiting from it.
For a little background, check out Jay’s verse from “Hell Yeah (Pimp the system)” by Dead Prez:
“I’m only tryin' to show you how black niggaz live
But you don’t want your little ones acting like this
Lil Amy told Becky, Becky told Jenny
And now they all know the skinny
Lil Joey got his do-rag on
Driving down the street blasting Tupac’s song (Thug Life baby!)”.
Miley = Jenny = Any white girl raised by middle America who’s appropriating Jay’s culture.
“Miley Cyrus” could also, of course, be slang for a different kind of “white girl”
To elaborate a bit on the previous suggestion, this line acts as a permanent emphasis on black culture breaching the mainstream spotlight and earning it’s spot as a major influence to both current and younger generations, completely disregarding race in the process. From Amanda Bynes x Waka Flocka producing an album, Miley Cyrus twerking on stage with Juicy J, & even Justin Bieber getting turnt the fuck up with Odd Future & Lil Twist, it’s obvious that no matter how society tries to protect the pure image of pop culture that there’s always that chance they may deviate into a more urban and less “wholesome” lifestyle.
And also, we could point out that “Miley” sounds a lot like “Molly”… somewhere in America, drugs (Molly or coke (“white”)) are still being moved. A nice double meaning. Jay has used “Taylor Swift” as slang for coke before.
This line is also a return-the-favor type shootout to Miley’s Party in the USA line “I turned on the radio, and a Jay-Z song was on…” At the time, Miley claimed to have never heard a Jay-Z song before. Of course, it seems like she has heard this song…
An argument can be made that he’s shitting on Miley’s twerking. Some commentators have noted that Miley’s video is a stereotype of blackness, complete with a grill, and twerking, while being surrounded with anonymous and mostly faceless black bodies. In that case, the line is sort of laughing her off as pathetic, but in doing so attempting to neutralize any effect her cultural appropriation might have on people’s perceptions of hip hop; as in, “keep twerking Miley, you’re only embarrassing yourself.”
This having been said, Jay on Twitter seemed to be sincere in his appraisal of Miley, who “doesn’t see color.” Perhaps these commentators would do well to follow suit.
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