Billy Ray Cyrus is taking the spotlight away from his daughter Miley Cyrus for just a minute. According to Rolling Stone on Feb. 11, the country singer has played a part in resurrecting the 1992 country hit “Achy Breaky Heart”, but the 2014 version has a hip-hop flavor.
Rapper Buck 22 has remade the song the song with the help of Cyrus who appears in the video for the track titled “Achy Breaky 2”. In the bizarre video, Larry King appears and informs viewers about an “unidentified flying object seen transcending over Europe”, then appears twerking aliens while Buck 22 begins rapping. There is even a Miley Cyrus reference in the song before Billy Ray Cyrus sings his catchy chorus.
Buck 22, the son of jazz drummer Bill Elliott and R&B singer Dionne Warwick, said whe he approached Cyrus about the remake, the country singer gave him the green light to give it a try.
“He didn’t have a clue that I had already gone into the lab and cooked up a demo of what I thought would be a fun EDM/hip-hop styled version, which at the time only had a sample from the original of his voice. He liked what he heard and, weeks later, arrived at the session to record this track.”
The hip-hop version is definitely not as catchy as the 1992 hit, but it is good that the song has been revived and modernized.
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