At the end of 2019, Australian-born artist the Kid LAROI was just another teenager trying to make it in America’s rap game. But a little over a year later, the 17-year-old LAROI is among today’s top hitmakers, with collaborations alongside megastars like Juice WRLD, Justin Bieber — and as of today, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus has hopped on a remix of LAROI’s breakthrough song, “Without You,” an emotive ballad hinging on the age-old adage: “You can’t make a wife out of a ho.” The two are set to perform the track on “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, marking LAROI’s first time on the Studio 8H stage. Though it may seem like a surprising collaboration at first, LAROI and Cyrus’ voices — each with their own signature croon — blend together seamlessly, and Cyrus’ contribution brings a new maturity to the track. “Feels like sleeping with a ghost / I called you up to let you know / I really wish that we could’ve got this right,” Cyrus belts over the song’s laid-back acoustic guitar.
“We met through Omer because we’d been working together, and we talked about maybe doing a remix of ‘Without You,” LAROI says. “Omer came to me and was like, ‘Hey, would you want Miley to do the remix?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that would be dope.’ So we just linked up, met in the studio, she cut the record and then we went and hung out and had a little party. She’s cool as fuck. I remember when my cousins used to force me to watch ‘Hannah Montana,’ so collaborating with her was pretty cool.”