Forget gang and murder references. There is nothing more gangsta than singing about lines in the bathroom, getting high on purple stuff, and trees in your lap -- especially when you're 20 years old. No matter the bleached blonde hair or teddy bears she likes to bring on stage and dance with, Miley Cyrus has already received endorsements from Kanye West, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, and a slew of other hip-hop-entrenched artists. When is the rest of the world going to learn she's actually a good thing for the genre?
1. She's exposing it to new audiences. Cyrus fans who loved her for her Hannah Montana days may have never ventured beyond sugary sweet pop if it weren't for Cyrus' crossover. Many music fans like a variety of genres, so it's likely these fans who were part of the Miley movement and dig Bangerz are checking out music by artists she's collaborated with. Cyrus is helping to increase record sales not just for her music, but for established hip-hop artists, as well.