The song, produced by Pharrell and Atlanta hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It, is about partying all night in reckless abandon.
It’s supposed to be an ode to youth and summer, but the drug references and anything-goes behavior send a negative message. “It’s our party we can do what we want to,” Miley sings.
Her line “red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere” could be a reference to underage alcohol consumption, or sizzurp, the illegal street concoction made from lacing a soft drink with codeine-based cough syrup. It’s sipped out of a cup and popular among rappers.
Lil’ Wayne acknowledges suffering from a sizzurp addiction and even Justin Bieber was photographed allegedly sippin’. It’s been cited as contributing to the deaths of UGK member Pimp C, Houston MC Big Moe and DJ Screw among others.
But Miley doesn’t stop there. Other lyrics are drug references as well; “…dancing with Molly” refers to a street name for ecstasy, which is another street term for the drug MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
The drug is both a stimulant and hallucinogen. Club goers use it to get revved up and, literally, to dance all night, as Miley’s song suggests. The chemical also distorts perception. Its side effects can be deadly and it’s known to destroy brain cells.
Miley’s management claims the lyric is being misconstrued. The correct lyric, they claim, is “dancing with Miley.” But the controversy recalls Britney Spears’ song “If You Seek Amy.”
It contained the line: “All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy,” which could also be sung, and frankly makes more sense as, “f-u-c-k me.”
But Miley’s clearest reference to drugs is the lyric “trying to get a line in the bathroom.” The only way to read it means snorting cocaine a stall, which is a common occurrence in clubs.
Drug use is a personal choice; the risks are well known and often lead to ruinous addiction, or death. It’s one thing to make that choice; it’s another to celebrate drugs as necessary to having a good time.
Miley’s depiction of club life may be accurate, but it’s really doing more harm than good. Check out the song here, let us know your thoughts and follow TheImproper on Twitter for more music updates.