Described by Cyrus as "dirty south hip-hop", Bangerz represents a musical departure from her earlier work, which she has grown to feel "disconnected" from.As executive producers, Cyrus and Mike Will Made It collaborated with hip hop producers including Cirkut, Pharrell Williams, and will.to achieve Cyrus' desired new sound.Nick Catucci from Entertainment Weekly opined that the track allowed Cyrus to showcase her vocal abilities.
She described the music as "dirty south hip-hop" and combining the genres of hip-hop and country, which she felt was a "good hybrid".
To achieve this sound, Cyrus worked with various hip hop producers including Mike Will Made It, Mac Miller, Pharrell Williams, and Tyler, the Creator in cities including Atlanta, Georgia.
Promotional efforts for Bangerz continued to associate Cyrus with an increasingly provocative image, an effort first begun with her third record, Can't Be Tamed (2010).
She garnered widespread media attention through a controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and was later the host and musical guest during an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Two of the covers display Cyrus dressed in alternate outfits, one with a black jacket and another with a white bra and checkered black pants.
A third depicts a close-up of Cyrus surrounded by roses, while a fourth highlights a topless Cyrus covering her chest.
Furthermore, Cyrus promoted the album with her international Bangerz Tour.
"Right now, when people go to i Tunes and listen to my old music, it's so irritating to me because I can't just erase that stuff and start over.
Their efforts resulted in a primarily pop record, with lyrical themes that revolve largely around romance.
It features guest vocals from several new partners, including pop singer Britney Spears and rappers French Montana, Future, Ludacris, and Nelly.
Bangerz received mixed to positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who praised its overall production and originality, and complimented Cyrus' public persona evolution.