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June 04, 2013  | by: Paris Close

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Demi Lovato’s taken the R&B route, Selena Gomez is testing an Indian-reggae sound, and Miley Cyrus, the latest Disney starlet to switch lanes, is going hip-hop. Some of Cyrus’ recent works this year feature collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) and and were in my opinion pretty successful.

After listening to her highly-anticipated single, “We Can’t Stop,” released June 3 on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, it’s certain the genre’s tone has definitely influenced her own. But does it live up to her fan’s expectations?

I’ve been a Smiler ever since Cyrus abandoned her Hannah Montana image  with that racy and tasteless, video “Can’t Be Tamed.” A daring mark on her career which she was promptly criticized for by pestering parents as she rebelled by prancing around in a peacock-inspired outfit. No matter how old, Disney stars like Cyrus will forever be put into that prepubescent box.

That’s when “We Can’t Stop” steps in. For weeks on end, Cyrus has been teasing fans with the release of her brand new song, and it is finally here. I must say, I was on the fence with the new direction she’s been taking, and for good reason.

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While I enjoy the party-like, revolutionary theme, Cyrus’ lyrics seem too strained and unnecessarily explicit at times. In one verse, Cyrus sings “And everyone in line in the bathroom/ trying to get a line in the bathroom,” clearly alluding to some sort of substance use going on at this party.

For our sake, girl, let’s hope you’re really not “’bout that life” as you claim to be in your song:

I adore Cyrus, but the song is too forced and fraudulent for my liking. She’s trying to uphold an image that was never her’s to begin with and it’s not working. The song is a very chill party tune, however, I’m not sure chill music is something people want to hear on the radio right now.

How do you feel about the route Cyrus’ music has taken?

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