Miley Cyrus has collaborated with hip-hop artists before — who could forget her “RockAngeles Remix” of “Can’t Be Tamed,” featuring Lil Jon? — but the Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana hasn’t teamed up with a member of Odd Future before… until now. In a new interview, Cyrus reveals that her fourth studio album, due out later this year, will feature a contribution from the most unhinged member of the Wolf Gang, Tyler, the Creator.
“I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, the Creator heard it and said, ‘I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album,'” Cyrus told Cosmopolitan in the magazine’s latest cover story. “And he killed it! I really didn’t want to make a hip-hop record, and I’m not trying at all to be a Rihanna or a Nicki [Minaj]….That’s not my vibe.”
The 20-year-old pop singer says that the forthcoming follow-up to 2010’s “Can’t Be Tamed” was the first album she made on her own terms, after spending much of her career as a teen star under Disney’s guidelines. “”I’ve never gotten to make a record like this because Disney’s always been on my back saying, ‘You’ve got to promote the TV show in two months, so make sure your record’s done…and when you promote your record, can you promote the show, the movie and the “Hannah Montana” record?'” she says. “I was basically carrying two people’s careers and trying to make mine the priority. Now, it’s almost like being a new artist and trying to make a first impression.”
The unexpected Miley-Tyler (Myler?) collaboration isn’t the first time the OFWGKTA rapper has shown interest in working with younger pop stars. “I’m not too big on collaborations, [but] it’d be pretty cool if Justin Bieber asked,” the 21-year-old told Billboard after he won the MTV VMA for Best New Artist in 2011.