'Achy Breaky Heart' Gets Hip-Hop Remake

You cannot un-see this: Billy Ray Cyrus teams with rapper Buck 22

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2014 9:10 AM CST
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(Newser) – Here's a sentence you probably never thought you'd read: The world now has a hip-hop version of Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 country hit, "Achy Breaky Heart." The video for "Achy Breaky 2" involves Larry King, nearly-nude aliens, twerking, and of course, Cyrus singing the familiar chorus of his song. Rapper Buck 22 is also involved, performing lyrics like, "Miley keeps twerkin', Daddy's song is workin', now Billy sing that crazy hook again." Cyrus responds to that directive by shouting ... "Wrecking Ball," E! notes.

The whole thing was actually the dreamchild of Buck 22, son of Dionne Warwick and jazz drummer Bill Elliott, Rolling Stone reports: "I asked [Cyrus] if he would mind if I could take a crack at remaking 'Achy Breaky Heart' and he looked at me for a moment, and said 'lots of people have tried already, but go for it,'" the rapper says in a statement. "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."

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