Doja Cat is absolutely a queen, and we love her. She is sultry, sensual, sassy, and a powerhouse of magic. The American singer-songwriter and rapper recently unveiled her latest album Planet Her and captivated everyone’s attention. It’s musical euphoria, something we just can’t get out of our heads, and we know that it’s been stuck in yours too! If you haven’t yet listened to the album, do yourself a favor and check it out now!
Prepare yourself to travel to Planet Her with Doja Cat.
Doja Cat, is one of the most stylish, flawless, and confident women we’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing through music. She dedicated this album to her Boss B*tches around the world. She can’t be categorized in just one genre. Her music is all over the place musically, swaying from R&B to synth-pop to hip hop for a kaleidoscopic style of infectious bops. The album is packed with aesthetically pleasing visuals, vibrant tunes, and has an upbeat atmosphere. Just hit play and let the music do the talking for you.
Wanna live on Planet Her? As the lead character of your life, imagine yourself dressed in your best glam outfit, catwalk up to the front, slay a body roll, flick your hair in style, wink at the camera, and there you are, the ultimate diva! This is Planet Her.
In a recent Apple Music 1 interview, Doja Cat discussed her brand new album Planet Her with Ebro Darden. Her interview covered a variety of topics, ranging from the inspiration behind her album and artwork, rap music, and giving a platform to aspiring rappers, to musical inspirations, upcoming collaborations, and much more! We’re taking a moment to recap some of the key highlights from the interview and reveal some juicy details from behind the scenes.
Giving a Platform To Rappers
Doja Cat is committed to empowering and celebrating authentic creative talent. She previously collaborated with rappers like Smino and J.I.D on her album to get them more exposure. She feels that rap music should be cherished and appreciated in all styles. Both the artists are as compelling lyrically as they are musically, and we are so impressed by their dynamic talent.
I care about rap. I do. And I feel like, with Hot Pink, I put Smino on there because I know he’s out of this world talented. Putting J.I.D on [Planet Her] was the same thing. I feel like these rappers need a platform. They need to be shown to the world more. And if I can do that, I’m going to do that. And I love JID and I’m obsessed with Smino.
Taking Inspiration From Legends
With collaborations with major artists like The Weeknd, SZA, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Ozuna, and Sia, Doja Cat has delivered chart-topping singles like ‘Kiss Me More,’ ‘You Right,’ ‘Juicy,’ ‘Like That,’ ‘Say So,’ and many more. Additionally, she has contributed vocals to various hit singles and worked with Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Lil Wayne, and Anne-Marie. Doja has delivered a series of smashing hits every time she teamed up with these artists. However, she may not do many collaborations in the future. By drawing inspiration from legends such as Michael Jackson and Prince, she hopes to curate more tunes that emphasize her unique sound and reflect her unique personality. No matter what Doja serves us in terms of music on our musical palette, it will be top-notch, and we are sure we will love it.
I want to really develop myself and not regret anything. I think I have to think more about what I’m doing now. Yeah, to be more purposeful, I think it’s important. I also like to say this a lot, but Michael Jackson and Prince, not doing a lot of collaborations all the time… I want things to be very special and very carefully done, so I’m trying not to do as many collaborations in the future. I think it’s important.
And If I Met My Younger Self Today…
Well, here is what she said. And we don’t make the rules!
Stop smoking weed. That’s pretty much it. I don’t know if I’d tell her anything else. I’d be like, “Yeah, don’t eat bread and stop smoking weed.
A bit of good health advice as well for y’all, just saying…
Chemistry With Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande and Doja Cat are both mega vocal powerhouses, so when they collaborated, magic happened. Their relationship is adorable, fun, and loving, or to put it in their own words, “I am obsessed with her.”
It’s great. She’s really, really sweet. She’s extremely easy to work with, especially just in person, all of it. It’s just been super breezy for me. And a lot of the time is very hard because artists will be artists, but she’s very professional and really funny too. We have a similar sense of humor, which was super, super great to find out for me.
If You ‘Say So’ Doja…
Doja Cat makes viral hits for your playlist and breaks the internet like no one else! Whether you use TikTok or keep an eye on all the flashing trends, you have probably listened to ‘Say So.’ An upbeat pop track with hip-hop and 1970s funk elements, ‘Say So’ earned GRAMMY nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
I was excited about that song because when I received the beat, I was like, “This is not anything I would ever even really write on,” but it was pretty to me. It sounded nice. And so I tried a little humming on it or whatever and it worked and I fit some words into it and I ended up really liking it and I think I like that style because of my popping background, which we’re not going to talk about, but it just felt there were hits in the song that just felt really like you could dance to it.
Album Art For Planet Her
Photographed by David LaChapelle, the album artwork for Planet Her is visually stunning. It is a concept that focuses on the visual aspect of the album and incorporates all the other elements together in a coherent manner. Doja describes this album as her most visually captivating work to date. Utilizing a stunning color palette, David captured the essence of Doja’s original idea and what she envisioned for the album. Whether you see her as falling from space and flying like a goddess or submerging in the moon dust, the idea is open to interpretation. But, either way, her flawless beauty left us in awe!
This is from a series of different sets that we did…. And we had done a couple of different things and I was able to pick from each of those. This was the one I chose because this was the initial idea and I felt really set on that.
Can You Kiss Me More?
A song about kissing? That sounds about right! ‘Kiss Me More‘ feat. SZA was inspired by Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical.’ It’s undeniably one of our favorite songs from Planet Her and one of Doja Cat’s most irresistible collaborations, whatever you may say. There’s something about ‘Kiss Me More’ that makes it a fan favorite, whether it’s the riff, her vocals, the melody, the rap, the visuals, or the stunning imagery that builds in our heads as we play it on repeat. It has the right proportion of all the good elements. Put this on your dance playlist and enjoy the summer vibes.
I saw some comments where people were like, “This unoriginal crap…” … stupid, a lot of stuff that. And I was like, “No,” I was in the studio, like, (singing). But the thing is, I was humming that and I didn’t realize I was humming that song and then I was like, “That sounds like this.” And I went and asked everybody, and they were like, “Yeah, that sounds that.” I was just like, “Okay, let’s go,” because I wanted to make a song about kissing, and then just, it happened. And yeah, I was like, “I definitely can tell this sounds like that.” And I loved that riff, so I was like, “f**k It.”
Embracing African Influences on ‘Woman’
We’ve already told you that Doja Cat advocates empowerment. It is fabulous to see her openly supporting women’s advancement. ‘Woman’ not only embodied an inspirational message but also included elements that reflected her African roots. Listen to this song if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss out on this.
I think ‘Woman’ in and of itself is a very strong word and it’s also a very strong song off of the project. I felt like that needed to be there, just because it had a good message to it compared to everything else. And yeah… I love Afro music. I feel like it’s natural for me just because my dad is from Africa. I feel like I channel something that I should have been channeling for a long time, so I just started it with them.
Coming from a non-musical background, Doja Cat didn’t consider pursuing music in her early years. Look at her now- She’s having a blast! Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Fugees, Black Eyed Peas, and various other artists influenced her music taste throughout her life. Taking the music industry by storm, she has carved out a name for herself, and this is just the beginning.
My mom got me some albums when I was a kid, and they were Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, but she would listen to D’Angelo and Jamiroquai and Lauryn and Erykah… When she would play Busta and Lauryn, it sounds more than music to me. It sounds like poetry. It’s entertaining to listen to. And I was always really inspired by that.
Stream Planet Her here!
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Featured Image Source: Doja Cat via Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1