Is Miley Cyrus making a case for Macklemore’s recent release “White Privilege II” with her remix of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead?” Miley and Kanye collaborated on the remix more than two years ago, but the controversial pairing has just recently been leaked, according to Vulture. The timing of Miley’s collaboration with Kanye comes just on the heels of Macklemore’s condemnation of the likes of Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture.
The “Black Skinhead” remix is years old and is rumored to feature Travis Scott and Lupe Fiasco in addition to Miley Cyrus. According to an old interview with Mike Will Made It, Miley’s mashup with Kanye began production and then was scrapped after her controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. That was the performance where Cyrus took the stage with Robin Thicke and literally twerked all over everything, including the then-married Thicke.
It seems like now isn’t any better of a time for Miley Cyrus to release or even leak the “Black Skinhead” remix. News of the track’s availability came right at the same time that Macklemore released his newest offering titled “White Privilege II.” Macklemore’s song is being hailed as an anthem in his constant fight for progressivism. In it, Macklemore points a finger at Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea for freely taking whatever they want from black culture and using it for their own gain.
Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” lyrics claim, “You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with/ The culture was never yours to make better/ You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea.” Macklemore continued, “Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic/ You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in/ You’re branded hip-hop, it’s so fascist and backwards.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 22, 2016
Iggy Azalea already responded to Macklemore’s diss. Iggy tweeted, “he shouldn’t have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together if those were his feelings.” On the other hand, Miley Cyrus has remained silent on the lyrics and the slam by Macklemore. Or did she? Could the recent uncovering of Miley’s collaboration with Kanye West be her response?
The remix is really catchy, with Cyrus singing the Tears For Fears classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” as the hook to Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead.” Does Miley’s involvement in the already-controversial song prove Macklemore’s point that Miley is using hip-hop music and black culture for her own personal gain? The Kanye West remix was started and then shelved after Cyrus was heavily criticized for her MTV VMA performance, specifically for the very sexually suggestive way that Miley twerked all over the stage. That was the defining moment when Miley Cyrus broke free of her Hanna Montana character, proving she is an entirely different person than the Disney character that she played.
— Complex (@ComplexMag) January 21, 2016
Kanye West fans are eating up this newest leaked song from years back. With Kanye’s newest album Swish looming on the horizon, many are wondering what songs might be on it besides the few that have already been released. Will Kanye West’s remix with Miley Cyrus be on the track list? Some are even questioning if this leaked release of the “Black Skinhead” remix is even the real deal. If so, where has it been all these years?
So far, Miley Cyrus isn’t commenting on the “Black Skinhead” remix being leaked. Neither is Kanye West for that matter, and no one seems to want to talk about where the track has been all this time. Was the release of the Kanye West collaboration with Miley Cyrus timed just right, or was this an unauthorized release?
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