As musical genres continue to blur, everyone listens to everyone. It’s why Jay Z told Miley Cyrus to keep twerking and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend listens to A$AP Ferg. According to Pharrell, Miley is a “byproduct of America,” raised in an era where “hip-hop is king.” So it’s only natural that she, as well as many of her peers, are venturing outside of their musical molds, ready to experiment with new sounds.
With artists like Hov, Kanye, and Nicki Minaj becoming mainstream over the years, millennials and beyond are embracing hip-hop even more. Below find five of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now, who aren’t shy about their love of a genre that’s not their own.
MILEY CYRUSHow quickly the girl who claimed to have never heard a Jay Z song before has changed. New album Bangerz boasts collaborations with Nelly, Future, Big Sean, French Montana, and Ludacris, a hip-hop dream team any 16-year-old boy would totally lose his mind over. Yes, her dad may be Billy Ray Cyrus, and her godmother may be Dolly Parton, but for now this pop/country star is drinking the Mike WiLL Made It kool aid, writing songs with Tyler, the Creator, and guesting on new material with Snoop Lion.
Her mom Tish is even on a first name basis with Juicy J.