September 25, 2013


Mike WiLL Explains Getting Miley Cyrus to Rap on "23"

When she's not busy shocking the world with her VMA twerking abilities, nude antics in the "Wrecking Ball" video or getting "Rolling $tone" tattooed on her feet, Miley Cyrus makes music. And believe it or not, she's more than just a singer: She's an alright rapper, too. 

The proof is in Mike WiLL's "23," a trap track from the producer behind her No. 2 hit "We Can't Stop" that features the former Disney star spitting. When Fuse sat down with the 24-year-old Atlanta producer behind "23," we learned how this strange collabo came about.

"[Wiz Khalifa and I] were actually working on 'Smoke a N----,' a track on Juicy J's album Stay Trippy," WiLL says. "Then I had '23' and I said, 'Yo what you all think of this? I'm working with Miley tomorrow and thinking of putting her on it if she likes it.' They were like, 'Alright,' so they hopped on it. It was me, Wiz and Juicy J, and the next day it was me and Miley."

But WiLL wasn’t content merely to get the "pop chick" on his track—he wanted her to actually sound good. "I gave a sh-t. I was like, 'Yo, can you really pull it off though?' And then she killed it, so everything came out right," WiLL says. "It was really organic."

For the story behind the Brooklyn pep rally in their "23" video, watch the interview above.