Miley Cyrus’s Plastic Hearts Has A Song For Every Mood

By Ashley Oken

Miley Cyrus’s long awaited seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts, dropped on Friday (November 27) and sees Cyrus embracing a throwback rock sound, reinventing herself yet again and unapologetically reflecting on her journey from Disney child star to mature artist exploring herself. She spent her immediate post-Disney career trying to shed the clean-cut image that comes with child stardom, and since then, Cyrus has tried embracing many sounds, from pop to country to psychedelic, in order to break away. Now, she seems to have found a bold, fitting path in rock.

The track “Gimme What I Want” has Cyrus drawing deeply from Nine Inch Nails and her penchant for covers of ‘80s tunes, while “Prisoner” melds a Runaways-style glam-rock vibe and Dua Lipa’s dance-pop sound with bits of Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.” Cyrus gets personal on “Never Be Me” and “Golden G String,” in which she discusses her flaws and her evolution as depicted by the media. All this adds up to a robust new sound to work with.

She originally planned to release a series of EPs, starting with 2019’s She Is Coming, but the 2018 Malibu wildfires — in which she lost her home — changed those plans. Though most of the old material survived the natural disaster, the event altered her perspective on her life. That renewal is there on Plastic Hearts, which also has seen videos allowing her to transform into rock and roll vampire and even eat a spider. Along with collaborations with Mark Ronson, ‘80s icon Billy Idol, and rock forebear Joan Jett, Cyrus treats fans to her personal rebirth and a look into her true musical self.

Below, we break down this rock-fueled album track by track and mood by mood.

  1. “WTF Do I Know”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: rebellious

    Key lyric: “Thought it’d be you until I die / But then I let it go”

    Serving as a more savage version of “7 Things” and a nod to early aughts alt-pop, this kickoff track is an upbeat, rebel punk song that seemingly dives right into Cyrus’s divorce from Liam Hemsworth as well as her image in the media. Play this when you want to thrash around your childhood bedroom and set your own rules.

  2. “Plastic Hearts”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: thoughtful

    Key lyric: “I just wanna feel something / But I keep feeling nothing all night long”

    Slyly referencing Rolling Stones’s “Sympathy for the Devil” in its intro and Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven” in its outro, Cyrus sings of wanting to feel deeply connected to someone or something, but only being able to for a short time. This song will have you thinking about your last IRL hookup or virtual date.

  3. “Angels Like You”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: reflective

    Key lyric: “I know that you’re wrong for me / Gonna wish we never met on the day I leave”

    On this vulnerable mid-tempo track, Cyrus reflects on a relationship that wasn’t meant to be and learns to let go. Listen to this the next time you’re stuck on that person you thought was your forever.

  4. “Prisoner” (ft. Dua Lipa)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: freewheeling

    Key lyric: “Can’t get you off my mind / Why can’t you just let me go?”

    A mashup of neo-disco samples and early ‘70s/’80s rock, Cyrus and Lipa sing of feeling trapped in their emotions and pair it with an equally retro and sensual video. This song will provide you with a dance-tinged escape from those 3 a.m. thoughts you’re having during quarantine.

  5. “Gimme What I Want”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: lustful

    Key lyric: “I don’t need a future, I don’t need your past / I just need a lover”

    Over ’80s synths, Cyrus sings of giving a potential lover the choice to pursue a relationship and being OK if they turn her down. This song serves as a reminder that you can be alright on your own amid the flurry of Instagram engagement announcements.

  6. “Night Crawling” (ft. Billy Idol)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: sexy

    Key lyric: “Sometimes I’m the best you’ve ever had / Sometimes I need your loving”

    With throaty vocals and thoughts about light, violence, and silence from Idol, this track marries rebellion with sex. A rocker version of Teddy Pendergrass’s “Turn Off the Lights,” this song will have you thinking of your beau in the wee hours.

  7. “Midnight Sky”

    Listen to when you’re feeling: free

    Key lyric: “Lotta years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes / Forever and ever, no more”

    Wielding her weathered vocal style and a disco-pop sound expertly, Cyrus channels Stevie Nicks and samples her hit “Edge of Seventeen” while singing this LGBTQ+ anthem of being a free spirit who embraces all that she is and doesn’t live with expectations of forever. Whether you need a pick-me-up or want to dance in your room in the middle of the night, this song will provide the right soundtrack.

  8. “High” (ft. Mark Ronson)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: nostalgic

    Key lyric: “And I don’t miss you but I think of you and don’t know why”

    With a country feel and powerful vocals, Cyrus explores missing someone that you shouldn’t and not being able to shake them. Listen when you still feel warmth while thinking of a past friendship or relationship and want to understand it.

  9. “Hate Me”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: angry

    Key lyric: “I hope that it’s enough to make you cry / Maybe that day you won’t hate me”

    After a near-fatal experience during a flight to the Glastonbury Festival and recent discussion about not wanting to join the 27 Club, Cyrus discusses how the media would shed positive light on her if she was to die after years of negativity. If you’re feeling angry at the state of your life and being left on read during the pandemic, this song understands those feelings.

  10. “Bad Karma” (ft. Joan Jett)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: naughty

    Key lyric: “You may think I’m ghosting, but the truth is I’m a liar”

    Leaked online a year ago, this defiant song sees Cyrus and rock legend Joan Jett crooning about cheating and not caring about the consequences, with Cyrus noting that she’d “think about it later.” Miley’s got you covered the next time an ex pops up in your DMs.

  11. “Never Be Me”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: emotional

    Key lyric: “If you’re looking for someone to be all that you need / That’ll never be me”

    With vibes of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Bob Dylan, this gutting power ballad sees Cyrus sing of not being who a partner would need her to be. This song is great for processing breakups and realizing that there is life afterwards.

  12. “Golden G String”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: powerful

    Key lyric: “The old boys hold all the cards and they ain’t playing gin”

    This personal track inspired by the Trump era sees Cyrus doing two things: owning her persona over the years (“I was trying to own my power / Still I’m trying to work it out”) and discussing how men can still act as the gatekeepers to the fate of women. If you wanna feel like a boss, here’s your soundtrack.

  13. “Edge of Midnight” (“Midnight Sky” remix ft. Stevie Nicks)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: wistful

    Key lyric: “Sings a song sounds like she’s singing / Ooh, baby, ooh, said, ooh”

    This remix to lead single “Midnight Sky” transports you to the past with its clear references to Stevie Nicks’s 1972 hit “Edge of Seventeen” and even has Nicks singing the chorus, something we never knew that we needed. Bookmark this for whenever you need a song to dance to in between Zoom meetings.

  14. “Heart of Glass” (Live from the iHeart Music Festival)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: romantic

    Key lyric: “In between what I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine / Love is so confusing, there’s no peace of mind”

    A cover of the 1979 original by Blondie, Cyrus’s 2020 cover garnered praise and was an introduction to her robust, rock-infused new sound. Importantly, it’s also Debbie Harry-approved.

  15. “Zombie” (Live from the NIVA Save Our Stages Festival)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: sentimental

    Key lyric: “It’s the same old theme since 1976 / In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting”

    On this cover of the 1993 original by The Cranberries, Cyrus channels a powerful sound in line with its anti-violence message. Save this for the next time you need to be reminded that musical taste and Cyrus’s vocal abilities transcend genre.

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Why Teen Mom 2’s Kailyn Made A Complete 180 About Isaac’s Custody Agreement

At the beginning of this Teen Mom 2 season, Kailyn believed that Isaac was old enough to decide if he wanted to stay at his mom’s or dad’s (after the 10-year-old stated he didn’t want to go to Jo’s home). But during this week’s episode, Kail made a 180 about her previous stance on her oldest son being old enough to make his own choices when it came to the previously agreed upon 50/50 custody agreement.

“Isaac had called me the other day to ask me if he could stay at his dad’s longer because Vee’s family was coming to visit and his grandma [Jo’s mom] was there,” Kail explained in a diary cam. “I had to say no, because if I let him stay an extra week there, that means he wouldn’t see his brothers here for three full weeks.”

She continued: “I feel like over the last few months, it’s been a little bit of a struggle to co-parent with Jo just because we had different views about Isaac being old enough to decide where he wants to be. I know now our custody order is in place for a reason.”

Kail eventually called Jo to apologize, and she confessed that he was right about the two of them making these types of decisions and that it should not fall on Isaac’s shoulders.

Jo’s reply? “It’s hard, but at the end of the day, we’re his parents. He’s 10 years old. We have to make these decisions,” he said. “You’re right, it’s important for him to be able to speak about it and give us his opinion.”

Eventually, Kail explained the situation to Isaac and how it needed to be an “adult decision” moving forward. Isaac understood and responded with series of okays.

Are you surprised by Kailyn’s change of heart? Sound off, and keep watching Teen Mom 2 every Tuesday at 8/7c.

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King Princess Goes Galactic, Iann Dior’s Latest Mood, And More Songs We Love

“Has the feeling come to pass?” singer Adrianne Lenker questions over patient guitar. “Has the feeling come to stay?” Toward the end of Big Thief’s excellent indie album Two Hands sits this apprehensive little song about being in the calm, quiet breath of a new beginning, with no idea whether fortune or danger comes next. In the song, the titular animal plays both safe-keeper and beast, at one point rescuing its drowning prey by the mouth, blood dripping from its jaws. Like the song proves, love can be both soft and brutal. —Terron Moore

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‘The Oldest Trick In The Book’: Will RSVP’s Plan To Reunite The Jersey Shore Girls Work?

It’s true what they say: Desperate times call for desperate measures.

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the Jersey Shore speechgate drama, so Mike “The Mediation” Sorrentino called in his RSVP reinforcements for one “last shot” at reconciliation between Angelina and the girls. Enter… the double booking.

“What did they expect us to do? The only option is to double book them,” Mike explained. “This is the oldest trick in the book.”

The plan? Enjoy a boys’ weekend for a couple of days at a nearly deserted Las Vegas resort (cue Jersey Shore: COVID Edition) and then invite Angelina and the girls for a good ol’-fashioned family vaca — unbeknownst to each other.

It wasn’t long before Mission: RSVP (and their crew of creepy dolls) hit a few snags — the first being an absent JWOWW thanks to complications from TMJ surgery. Deena, not about rolling solo with the boys (so she thinks), then secretly invited Lauren, who has her own gym-tan-laundry list of issues with the Staten Island newlywed.

“I hope it’s a nice vacation. I am just done talking about the wedding,” Deena said. “This mama needs no stress. If there is any drama, I’ll be walking myself out the door.” Foreshadowing much?

The second conundrum? The girls arrived two days early (cough, thanks Mike), which meant the entire fam is forced to keep Angelina’s impending arrival under wraps.

To make matters “extra delicate,” Deena and her big bag of beach towels had some exciting news to share: She’s pregnant (again)!

“A couple of months ago when we were talking about the Angelina stuff, I knew I was pregnant,” she confessed. “That’s one of the big reasons why I don’t want to sit down with her. I don’t want to stress myself out.”

First trimester, plus emotional meatball, equals bad news bears for the double booking. That’s when Vinny basically said what we’re all thinking: “We were worried about Deena getting emotional with Angelina, but now Angelina coming into contact with a pregnant Deena? We’re f*cked.”

But are they — or do they stand a chance of squashing speechgate once and for all? Sound off with your comments, then catch an all-new Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Thursday at 8/7c.

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Grammy Chief Responds To Backlash From The Weeknd, Justin Bieber

In spite of every curveball 2020 has thrown — one particularly tumultuous presidential election season, a disastrous pandemic of near-biblical proportions — the year has yielded some truly spectacular music. From Taylor Swift’s new indie-folk sound on her surprise album, Folklore, to the first English-language drop from the global sensation BTS, musicians continued to do what they do best: filter the universal joy and pain, and the need for connection through it all, into sublime works of sound. Perhaps that’s why, when the Recording Academy announced the nominations for the 2021 Grammys on Tuesday (November 24), the list sent fans and artists reeling.

Many were quick to point out surprising, if not altogether glaring, holes in the nominations; one headline even described the list as “a total disaster.” Notably absent from Album of the Year was Fetch the Bolt Cutters, the first to receive a perfect Pitchfork rating in almost a decade, as well as anything from The Weeknd, who had a banner 2020. The Academy’s selection in this category has been widely scrutinized throughout the years. In 1985, for example, Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down beat out Prince’s Purple Rain; in 2000, Outkast’s Stankonia lost to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Elsewhere, Justin Bieber expressed a mix of gratitude and confusion over Changes‘s nomination in the Best Pop Vocal Album category over R&B. “I am very meticulous and intentional about my music,” he wrote on Instagram. “With that being said I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”

Arguably most puzzling, and certainly the most widely publicized, was the case of The Weeknd. His chart-topping hit, “Blinding Lights,” for which he won Best Video and Best R&B at the VMAs in August, was eligible, as well as his latest album, After Hours. Yet neither received a single nod, leading to speculation that the artist was intentionally snubbed over a rumored ultimatum given between performing at the Super Bowl or the awards themselves; he will headline the halftime show on February 7, just a week following the Grammys on January 31.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” The Weeknd tweeted a few hours after the nominations were announced. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.” In a subsequent tweet shared on Wednesday (November 25), he alluded to talks of a performance on the award show stage, writing, “Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”

The backlash to the nominations arrived on the tail end of a particularly rocky year for the Recording Academy. In January, its former president and CEO Deborah Dugan, was placed on administrative leave five months after taking over for Neil Portnow in August 2019, and 10 days ahead of the 2020 Grammys; in March, she was fired. In her place, Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason, Jr., became interim CEO on a volunteer basis, but the search for a new head was slowed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a statement following the release of the list, Mason responded to the backlash, and to The Weeknd’s criticism in particular.

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration,” he wrote in a statement shared with Variety. He also addressed the rumor of the Super Bowl ultimatum. “To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before the Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process. All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”

In an interview with Pitchfork published the following day, Mason also responded to Bieber’s qualms. “We always want to respect the artist’s wishes. Art’s a funny thing because it’s so subjective, and at the Academy our goal is to honor excellence,” he said. “If he felt that was that type of a record, then, you know… I’ll just leave it at that. We try really hard to make sure people’s art is respected and evaluated in the right category.”

Though the nominations have left many sour, there have also been some highlights. This will be the first Grammys since the word “urban” was dropped from many category titles, following widespread criticism for its lack of diversity. Megan Thee Stallion’s star continues to rise in spite of the traumatic assault she suffered earlier this year, earning a nomination for Best New Artist. And leading the nominations, Beyoncé became the most-nominated female artist in the award ceremony’s history with 62 overall.

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Teen Mom 2’s Chelsea Is Documenting Her Journey To Baby Number Four

Chelsea and Cole happily shared in August that another bundle of joy was on the way. And during this week’s Teen Mom 2 episode, the DeBoers — who are filming themselves because of the global pandemic — disclosed they were “trying for a baby now.”

“We really had all of these plans this year. And if we’re going to be stuck [at] home, I would love to have our fourth, and probably our last, baby,” Chelsea stated. “We talked with my doctor and got her recommendation…about trying to conceive right now with a pandemic going on. She said, ‘Listen, you have no idea how long this is going on, and if you guys want another baby…do not put it off.'”

Chelsea shot her “journey” by showing ovulation tests, and the couple enthusiastically disclosed their belief that “they had made a baby.” A few pregnancy tests soon followed, and Chelsea gave Cole some exciting news.

“Babe, it’s legit!” Chelsea said as he examined the positive result and exclaimed, “We’re gonna have another baby.”

After reality set in, Chelsea and Cole opened up about their upcoming life with four kiddos.

“It’s going to be chaotic. We knew that, fully were aware,” Chelsea stated.

Watch Teen Mom 2 every Tuesday at 8/7c to see Chelsea, Cole, Aubree, Watson and Layne get ready for their little arrival!

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‘I Thought I Was Going To Hell’: Leah Describes The ‘Guilt’ Surrounding Her Teen Mom 2 Abortion

Eight years ago, Leah shared on Teen Mom 2 that she had suffered a miscarriage with her then-boyfriend Jeremy. But during tonight’s episode, she opted to “reveal the truth” about what happened in 2012 following the release of her brand-new memoir Hope, Grace, & Faith, in which she chronicles what actually unfolded.

“The miscarriage that played out on TV was an abortion,” Leah told her producer Brendan, just before footage rolled from Season 4. “I was not married to Jeremy; we were dating. But still, Corey was kind of really, really in my head around that time. I felt like I had f*cked up by getting pregnant.”

Leah then revealed this was before she was eight weeks along — and she made up the miscarriage because she felt “ashamed.”

“In West Virginia, abortion is a very controversial topic,” she continued about her home state. “So to me, it was like, ‘I don’t want anyone to know I did this.'” Including Jeremy, who at the time was told by Leah it was a miscarriage.

“I don’t think anyone understands the guilt. Like, I thought I was going to hell,” Leah added, wiping away tears. “I was also afraid he was going to be like, ‘You’re a murderer.'”

Still, Leah managed to find light at the end of the tunnel.

“What I’ve learned is that I get to love myself no matter what, even beyond the mistakes that I’ve made in my life,” she stated. “And I get to forgive myself because we’re all perfectly imperfect.”

She then tried to discuss this topic with Jeremy, but he “didn’t want to talk about it.” His take: Leah could have left out this part of her past. Her immediate response: “That’s not owning my sh*t.”

Jeremy then reflected on their history — and how she told him right in front of his parents’ house.

“I remember a lot of the time in my life, and I just never brought it back up to you,” he explained. “I never talked about it. We got back together and I just kind of left it alone.”

But now, they aren’t leaving it alone: The two addressed this difficult chapter in their relationship on camera and opted to move forward, all while remembering an unforgettable on-screen moment.

“You said, ‘Leah, if you can’t love yourself, you can’t love anyone else,'” Leah said, as the scene replayed. “I was like, ‘Damn.'”

Then they swapped “I love yous” — and a high-five. Be sure to keep watching Leah and her loved ones every Tuesday on Teen Mom 2 at 8/7c.

If you’re pregnant and considering an abortion, what matters most is how you feel about it. Bedsider can help inform you about your options and decide what’s right for you.

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino And Wife Lauren Expecting First Child

It’s “baby time” for Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his wife Lauren!

The Jersey Shore sweethearts — who began dating during college and tied the knot in November 2018 — will be parents, they happily shared on Instagram. And that means a mini BDS will be “in the building.”

“We have a Baby Situation,” Mike captioned the sweet holiday-themed reveal above. Lauren shared the same snapshots, adding “Our biggest blessing is on it’s way.” Moses will have a human sibling!

This little honey is going to have an adoring mom and dad — and lots of Jersey Shore aunts and uncles! A very exciting situation. Offer your well wishes to Mike and Lauren on their bundle of joy in the comments, and keep watching Jersey Shore: Family Vacation every Thursday at 8/7c!

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Juicy J’s Hustle Continues – MTV

By Candace McDuffie

After 30 years in the music industry, Juicy J is happier than ever. The legendary emcee and anchor of the rap group Three 6 Mafia is still going, celebrating the imminent release of his fifth studio album, The Hustle Continues, which features a slew of cameos from younger artists working within an industry that he shaped: Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Young Dolph, and more. He is also a shrewd businessman, with investments in Core Hydration, cannabis company Asterisk*, and Epic Games (maker of Fortnite). But perhaps his greatest personal achievement is becoming a doting husband and father, an experience he calls life-changing. “It’s great, man. It’s the best feeling in the world,” he tells MTV News. “But I ain’t gonna lie to you… it’s real-life shit. It ain’t no studio.”

His sojourns with Three 6 Mafia solidified the rapper as a hip-hop icon. The Memphis group made history in 2006 when they became the first rap act to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Hustle & Flow’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” That recognition and acclaim garnered the crew significant attention and opportunity; Juicy J used the newfound momentum to continue pursuing a highly successful solo career.

His versatility and signature syrupy flow play a vital role in how he approaches music-making. “I mean, I’m a producer. I know about everything from the beat to the kick to the bass. I know how to write a punchline verse and I still kill it every time,” Juicy J explains. “It’s hard to do, but you know what? Look, I ain’t bragging, but I gotta keep it 100: I’m a genius. I got the favor of God on my back. Just like everybody else, I put in the hard work, and I got the bruises to prove it.”

Ahead of The Hustle Continues (out Friday, November 27), Juicy J sat down with MTV News to discuss the secret to his longevity, penning pop hits, and why he deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest emcees of all time.

MTV News: In a recent interview, you referred to yourself as the Michael Jordan of rap. Do you think hip-hop appreciates your legacy as a lyricist and solo artist?

Juicy J: I would say yes… sometimes no. And sometimes on the low. It’s kinda mixed. When they mention great people, my name don’t come up. But when they mention who’s been around for 30 years and still killing the game, then my name comes up. That’s kind of weird, but this game is so competitive, and you know, a lot of people don’t want to give people props. I don’t really care about all that. But I tell everybody, when you mention Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie Smalls, you gotta mention Juicy J — you know what I’m saying?

MTV News: When people discuss horrorcore and rap, they bring up Geto Boys or Gravediggaz, but I feel like Three 6 Mafia’s [1995 debut] Mystic Stylez was also really influential in that way. What was the mindset behind making the album?

Juicy J: Man, we just did our thing. We just went in the studio and did it. I can’t even say what the mindset was but I’ll tell you this much. All of our other albums were on mixtapes and stuff like that, but Mystic Stylez was Three 6 Mafia’s first real album that was in stores. Our other stuff was sold out the back of our truck, so we were excited about [Mystic Stylez]. And we had our own distribution deal, we owned 100 percent of the masters. We produced the whole project, we promoted the whole project, no features. It was all in-house.

MTV News: That is incredibly important, especially for Black hip-hop artists who may get stuck with exploitative contracts and record practices.

Juicy J: For that album, I sold my car to pay for studio time. Me and [DJ] Paul went half and half. I sold my car to pay for my half. And I had a nice car, too, so I had to get a lesser car for a lesser price. And my beautiful car had the rims on it, with the candy paint… I knew I had to use it to pay for studio time. But I just saw myself at the craps table and rolled the dice. I took that chance. And I’m still out here in the game. I got a lot of big records coming. I can’t even tell you what’s about to happen.

MTV News: You’ve always been open and honest about how excessive you were after Three 6 Mafia’s Academy Award win in 2006. Did you realize the impact it would have on hip-hop years later?

Juicy J: I realized it put a stamp on everything. We didn’t think that we were going to win anything. At that point, it showed everybody that these guys are here to stay… these guys ain’t going nowhere no time soon. That these guys are pretty much the blueprint of hip-hop, you know what I’m saying? Like every song right now — every snare, every lyric is Three 6 Mafia. Every verse and pretty much everything in music right now is Three 6 Mafia. People can sit and try to deny, but they lying to themselves. They lying to themselves. It’s cool, and I ain’t got a problem with it. I actually love it. We never thought that a small rap group from Memphis, Tennessee, would have such a big impact on music in 2020.

MTV News: Since this is an interview for MTV, I have to ask about your show for the network, Adventures in Hollyhood. It looked like one hell of a party.

Juicy J: I mean, we had just won the Academy Award, so we were just partying. Every day was a party, party, party. But there’s so much stuff they couldn’t show. I mean, we had a lot of drinking, a lot of crazy orgies. It was just a mess, a beautiful mess. And we put the whole show together. When we sat down with MTV, we already had the show edited and everything. We bought a camera for like $7,000 and we went around filming ourselves. When they looked at it, they were like, “This is fucking amazing.” We were some of the first rappers to do reality television.

MTV News: I feel like almost everything you see on television now is some variation of a reality show.

Juicy J: Everybody was like, “So now y’all going to Hollywood? Don’t do a reality show!” We didn’t care, man. We did what we wanted to do. You gotta make your own destiny. You gotta go with what you believe in your heart. And in my heart, that’s how we felt. I was sitting in meetings with these big head executives and I’m talking to these people at 22, 23 years old. Sometimes I think, what the hell was I doing? But we were smart. We didn’t go for the dumb, bullshit deals they were trying to give us.

MTV News: Something that stood out to me in your solo career was Katy Perry handpicking you for the feature on “Dark Horse.” How does your songwriting process change for a pop, radio-friendly song?

Juicy J: If you listen to my verse, it’s still me. Sometimes you listen to people’s verses on a certain song and say, why that don’t sound like them? But that sounds like Juicy J. You listen to “Bandz a Make Her Dance” and you listen to the Katy Perry record — it’s the same guy. It’s the same guy from Three 6 Mafia, same stuff. I’m still giving you raunchy, I’m still giving you ratchet. I couldn’t really cuss in that one, but I did my best — and everything flowed like it was supposed to.

MTV News: Speaking of pop music, you were also on the song “23” with Mike Will Made-It, Wiz Khalifa, and Miley Cyrus. Were you trying to help make Miley edgier at that time? How do you feel about that record now?

Juicy J: I love that record. Every time I perform that record, people go crazy. If I had to do it again, I’d do it again. We did our thing on that. I had a great time working with Miley Cyrus, man. She has a lot of energy. I just felt that at the time she was just growing up. Everybody was so used to seeing her on Disney. She’s a grown woman now, you know what I’m saying? People were shocked because they were so used to seeing her as Hannah Montana, but people grow up.

MTV News: You are the go-to artist for features and young rappers today — A$AP Ferg, Rae Sremmurd, and G-Eazy have sampled your songs. Why do you think your catalog has such strong staying power?

Juicy J: It’s a blessing from God. It’s just good music — and you can’t deny good music. I wrote “Slob On My Knob” when I was in 11th grade. That was years and years and years ago. That was before Three 6 Mafia. I just did it over and put it on a Three 6 Mafia album. Good music don’t really die — it just keeps going. It keeps going. I think everybody enjoys the party lyrics in the song and the turn up in the song and the beat. It’s just fun. “Slob On My Knob” was a huge club record when I first did it in Memphis, and it’s still a huge club record. If you went in a club right now and they played it, everyone would still go crazy.

MTV News: The Hustle Continues is your fifth solo album and is really a testament to your evolution. What keeps you motivated?

Juicy J: When I go into a verse, when I go do something, I’m going to try to murder it. I’m going to give it my all, you know, just like when I did growing up. I’m a go-getter — nobody’s going to stop the bag at all. I’ve been doing this for a long time and it’s such a blessing just to be on the phone and being interviewed about what I’ve done. And I’m gonna keep going. My kids’ kids will be listening to Juicy J. I’m gonna be like Tony Bennett around here: 80 years old and still getting Grammys and shit. This is what I love to do and I’m a genius at it — so give me my flowers, man.

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Taylor Swift Goes Back Into The Studio For Intimate Folklore Film

Since the surprise July release of her eighth studio album, Folklore, the project has earned Taylor Swift a growing number of accolades. She became the first artist in history to debut at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard 200 albums chart. A few months later, in September, the singer broke Whitney Houston’s record as the female artist with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 across all of her albums. Now, Swift is taking fans behind the curtain and back into the studio with an intimate documentary.

On Tuesday (November 24), the singer announced that a new concert documentary, Folkore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, will release November 25 for streaming on Disney+. Swift took to social media to break the news, sharing a brief trailer that shows footage of her performing at Long Pond Studio in Hudson Valley, New York, with the collaborators that imbued Folkflore with its distinct indie-folk sound. Co-producers Aaron Dressner, of the National, and Jack Antonoff joined Swift at the cabin-like recording space to discuss the collection, which was completed during the coronavirus pandemic by sending tracks back and forth. Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, with whom she collaborated on “Exile,” also makes an appearance.

The trailer went wide just hours before it was announced that Folklore was nominated for the 2021 Grammys in the Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album categories. Directed by Swift, The Long Pond Studio Sessions will showcase her first performance with Antonoff and Dressner. It premieres at 12 a.m. PST. “There’s something about the complete and total uncertainty of life,” Swift said in the trailer. “If we’re going to have to recalibrate everything, we should start with what we love the most, first.”

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