Review: Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Is A (Ratchet) Trojan Horse


Mollies are a bit easier to swallow when Miley’s singing about them

Within the well-calculated pop world, it’s the go-to move to achieve that all-important street cred. First, you recruit the hottest ‘hood-praised producer in the game, log some studio time, and record a track that cleverly blurs the line between PG-rated summer anthem and a turn-that-shit-up! banger. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” produced by former Trap Music king turned populist conductor Mike WiLL Made It, doesn’t quite hit that sweet spot (Future’s “Turn Out the Lights” remains the hit-man’s perfect musical storm). But it does something else: It thoroughly completes Miley’s bad-girl-next-door evolution.

“If you not ready to go home, can I get a hell no?” the artist formerly known as Hanna Montana queries the party people. Yes, lyrically this is a far cry from those Disney Channel days with some of the talk of liquor-filled red cups, big butts and strippers, dancing with Molly and witnessing club goers do lines in the bathroom. But this is Trojan horse stuff… a melody that is cut from the same non-threatening cloth as Miley’s 2009 hit “Party In The U.S.A.,” but laced with the fuck-yeah attitude of Rihanna. There’s even a chorus that shouts out the 1985 rap standard “La Di Da Di” (in a karmatic world, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick are cashing some serious publishing checks). Indeed, the real achievement of “We Can’t Stop” is that this genre-crossing experiment is actually fun—in that check-your-music-snobbery-at-the-door kind of way. —Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)