Miley Poppin' Molly: How Miley Cyrus Officially Made Singing About Drugs Uncool
It's not officially summer until a former tween star does something that sparks outrage across the world. This summer, Miley Cyrus is making a major comeback as the source of that anger with her new single "We Can't Stop," the Mike WiLL produced, beach-friendly jam that sounds more like a slowed down and inferior version of "Party in the U.S.A." than something strikingly new from the former Disney star. While the song's sound itself is tame, it's the lyrical references that have been cause for some concern, namely the hints at poppin' Molly ("So la da da di we like to party / Dancing with Molly / Doing whatever we want") and snorting cocaine ("And everyone in line in the bathroom / Trying to get a line in the bathroom").
But Molly and coke references aren't unusual in Top 40 songs, and Molly in particular has made many an appearance in hip-hop, becoming so mainstream. Danny Brown even talked withKathy Griffin about it once on her talk show. Yet there's something particularly off when Hannah Montana appropriates this trend into the freshly "adult" phase of her career, especially when just a few years ago she had never heard a Jay-Z song. Maybe Kendrick Lamar was right - the trend needs to die.
Miley Cyrus referring to being at a party where these drugs are in use is much like seeing a kid you used to babysit chugging a 40 at a high school party as you scroll through your Facebook feed. You knew it was going to happen one day, but you'd rather not hear about it or see evidence of it. Naturally, her inferences to the drugs feels a little awkward, as she still struggles to fully gain the type of rebellious and mature pop star status she's been trying to achieve since she became legal. Now she hangs with rappers! She chopped off her hair! She takes half-naked pictures without her father's presence! She also no longer sends those pictures to Nick Jonas! Cyrus has been less blatantly self-destructive than Justin Bieber as he tries to catapult his way into "manhood," but that doesn't mean it feels any less forced.