Miley Cyrus and Snoop Lion, who was formerly known as Snoop Dogg, may seem at first blush (and second) an unlikely singing duo, but their voices mesh together perfectly as they sing their collaboration Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, which you can view below.
Snoop Lion’s reggae album, Reincarnated, was released in April, and just this week, the single Ashtrays and Heartbreaks was released from it. The video of the duet singing together came out Thursday morning.
Snoop Dogg had a documentary filmed about his experiences in Jamaica. It is also named “Revelation,” it is about the life-changing experiences Snoop underwent in Jamaica and his conversion to the Rastafari movement.
The documentary also reveals the facts behind Snoop’s growing love for reggae music, and the reasons why he decided to sing reggae songs — at least, for the time being.
He doesn’t rule out returning to hip hop, though for now, he hopes that his legions of fans will grow with him, and embrace a style of music other than just hip hop.
One wouldn’t think that the former Disney star and pop singer would also have an appreciation for reggae music, but she apparently does. With her duet, Miley shows that her voice is capable of brilliantly singing songs in a variety of musical styles.
In the first line of Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, Miley sings:
“Tonight there’s gonna be a whole lot of smoke in the ay-air.”
The video depicts a parade of slow-motion shots, like birds taking flight, a leaf falling to the ground, and tons and tons of reflective, mirror-like surfaces. Snoop and Miley watch over them, almost like a pair of benevolent guardian angels who are for their well-being and happiness.
You can feel the depth of emotion in Miley’s voice as she sings lines like “Now my buzz is gone, I need to re-up on reality” and “Is there any possibility that everyone feels like me?”
Miley does a much better job handling a reggae song than I thought she would, and Ashtrays and Heartbreakss is one of my favorite songs from the album.
Miley Cyrus has a new album of her own that’s going to be released later this year. It’s her fourth one, and she reportedly will reinvent herself once more, as she has several times in the past so far, and she even sing some hip hop style songs on it.
According to Cyrus, she is collaborating with “a lot of hip-hop producers that are actually from the South, because I wanted more of that dirty-South vibe, a little ATL in there.”
Snoop’s verses, though, are the best part of the song. His singing on it has been compared with Paper Trail-era T.I. wrapped in Jason Mraz’s feelings.
As if that wasn’t enough, the video also contains a brief but cool cameo from Diplo, who produced the track with Major Lazer.
Ashtrays and Heartbreaks isn’t filled with a lot of action and hot women, as some of Snoop Dogg’s videos have been in the past.
Snoop and Miley seem to be more interested in creating a mood, and in making the music fit with the dreamy quality of the visuals. They perfectly achieved this goal with their song Ashtrays and Heartbreaks. Give it a listen below! It royally kicks ass!
Written by: Douglas Cobb