If you were having an acceptably average week before Valentine’s Day weekend, Billy Ray Cyrus has now decided to ruin it for you, me, and everyone else who ends up hearing about his latest single and is morbidly curious enough to click ‘play’ on the video. The former country singer — who is now more well-known for being Miley Cyrus’ father than for his music career — has followed in his daughter’s footsteps by appropriating hip-hop in a failed attempt to make music that people will like.
The elder Cyrus has released the hip-hop infused follow-up to his horrible 1992 country hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” “Achy Breaky 2″ features the previously unknown rapper Buck 22, whose Twitter page says, “The new revolution of Country Music mixed with Hip-Hop. Join the movement.” The video gets a bizarre introduction from Larry King, who must have owed Cyrus some kind of huge personal favor as there is no other apparent reason for taking part in such a project. In addition to the rapping, Billy Ray also steals scantily clad women and twerking from his young daughter.
The response on Twitter was less than warm. Several news outlets have already called it the worst song of 2014 and said that it’s a title the song is likely to keep even as the music industry continues to release awful music throughout the year.
This isn’t the first effort to bring together the seemingly disparate genres of country rap, which is also known as ‘hick-hop’ or, more accurately, ‘crap.’ The subgenre’s most famous singles include Nelly’s 2004 collaboration with Tim McGraw “Over and Over Again” and the truly nauseating “Accidental Racist” from Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.
A lot of ink has already been spilled over Miley’s appropriation of black culture in her music videos, personal style, dance moves, and speech. While some have criticized her for portraying a skewed vision of black culture from her privileged white perspective, others have said she’s just out to shock and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Miley defended her choice to incorporate hip-hop in her music in a Rolling Stone cover piece that came out in the fall, saying that, “I’m from one of the wealthiest counties in America. I know what I am. But I also know what I like to listen to. Look at any 20-year-old white girl right now — that’s what they’re listening to at the club.”
While Miley’s music is worth critiquing because it’s actually somewhat popular, Billy Ray’s monstrosity is completely laughable, devoid of any type of value, and not even worth the amount of thought that’s needed to make fun of it.
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