It’s as Lil Wayne would say — “Young Moolah, baby.” Or, as Jay-Z says in his new album, “Twerk, Miley / Miley, twerk.” Rapper Lil Twist will release a song featuring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus called “Twerk,” and its single artwork features a screencap from Cyrus’ very first twerk video.
Lil Twist was only age 12 when he first met Lil Wayne, then 16 when he was signed to Young Money. The Dallas-born rapper has been prepping his debut album Don’t Get It Twisted, which was due last year but has since been pushed back. “I’m gone listen to #TWERK one last time before I lay me down to sleep lol…Gotta make sure it’s cooked and ready to be served to the people,” he said on Twitter.
Lil Twist may have picked just the right collaborators. While Justin Bieber has been flaunting his chains and rapping to Drake‘s remix of Migos‘ “Versace” on Instagram, Cyrus has come a long way since she sang of a Jay-Z song saving her life in “Party in the U.S.A.” (“I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song. I don’t listen to pop music,” Cyrus said at the time.)
Cyrus has since collaborated with Snoop Dogg (er, Lion) and hip-hop producer Mike WiLL Made It, twerked at a Juicy J concert and nabbed a crucial remix with Khia of “My Neck, My Back” fame — as she would say herself, “We can’t stop, and we won’t stop.” She’s come a long, strange way since her July 4 anthem, as she realized a few months ago when talking about social media.
“The first thing I see: I can’t sing, I can’t act, I’m dumb, I’m a hillbilly — but I can twerk. Whatever,” Cyrus said to Ryan Seacrest. Revisit the interview below.