Doja Cat wants to make sure her doubters know she can rap.
On Saturday, Doja tweeted, “no more pop…i also agree with everyone who said the majority of my rap verses are mid and corny. I know they are. I wasnt trying to prove anything I just enjoy making music but I’m getting tired of hearing yall say that i can’t so I will.”
Twitter user @knewsheesh said “i hope these comments are not the only thing that pushed you to go full rap…if doing pop and rap is what you like you shouldn’t stop simply because of them,” in which Doja replied, “pop isnt exciting to me anymore. I dont wanna make it.”
Doja Cat’s fourth studio album Hellmouth is shaping up to be a very exciting project for her. In a recent interview with Variety, Doja Cat said of her next stage that it’ll be a “more masculine direction” after 2021’s Planet Her. Maybe no pop at all was the thought at the time.
“I know that I’ve done a lot of pink and soft things, a lot of pop and glittery sounds,” she said. “But for this next era, I’m going in a more masculine direction.”
While there’s no release date yet for this year, the album will be a mixture of hip-hop with R&B. “I just go straight to R&B if I’m alone,” she says, adding she’ll be going “harder into that.”
In an interview with Dazed last year, she gave a teaser on the inspirations she’s been into lately, speaking highly of the iconic Beastie Boys.
“If you wanted a teaser into what I’ve been thinking about, that’s what I’ve been on a lot. And just to make it clear, Beastie Boys is a huge inspiration to me. Beastie Boys will hit you with hard, loud and crazy rap, but they’ll also hit you with real raw ‘90s punk, which I love, or smooth techno that feels sexy and sleek. And you’ll be like, ‘Where the fuck did this come from?’”
For more on Doja Cat being a rapper, read Andre Gee’s piece that defends her rapping skills.