American rapper and singer Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini known professionally as Doja Cat has released her new song, “Kiss Me More” which features Japanese comedian and actress Naomi Watanabe.
Doja Cat began making and releasing music on SoundCloud as a teenager. Her song “So High” caught the attention of Kemosabe and RCA Records, with which she signed a joint record deal at the age of 17, subsequently releasing her debut EP Purrr! in 2014.
After a hiatus from releasing music and the uneventful rollout of her debut studio album, Amala (2018), Doja Cat earned viral success as an internet meme with her 2018 single “Mooo!”, a novelty song in which she makes satirical claims about being a cow.
Capitalizing on her growing popularity, she released her second studio album, Hot Pink, in the following year. It reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and spawned the single “Say So”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of a remix featuring Nicki Minaj.
A remix version of Doja Cat’s song “Juicy”, from the deluxe version of Amala, added a verse from American rapper Tyga and was released alongside a music video in August 2019 as the lead single from her second studio album. Following the release of the remix, the song debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Doja Cat’s first entry on the chart, and ultimately peaked at number 41.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would later award the song a platinum certification in the United States. The song’s success led to Amala debuting for the first time on the Billboard 200 chart that same month.
In October 2019, Doja Cat released “Bottom Bitch”, the second single from her second album. This was followed by the release of the single “Rules” alongside the announcement of her second studio album Hot Pink. Hot Pink was released on November 7, 2019, to generally favorable reviews. The album would eventually peak at number 9 on the Billboard 200.
Doja Cat was meant to feature on a track titled “Broward Coward” from an early version of American rapper XXXTentacion’s fourth studio album, Bad Vibes Forever, however the song was ultimately scrapped when the album tracklist was completely revised for its posthumous release in December 2019. She later released the single “Boss Bitch” as part of the soundtrack for the 2020 film Birds of Prey.
On January 7, 2021, Doja Cat was featured on the single “Best Friend” by rapper Saweetie, and appeared in the accompanying music video. The following week, Doja Cat appeared alongside Megan Thee Stallion on the remix of “34+35” by Ariana Grande. Following the release of the remix, the song reached a new peak of number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
In early 2021, Doja’s song “Streets” became a sleeper hit after live performances of the song went viral on TikTok. TikTok also spawned a viral challenge which uses a mashup of “Streets” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” by Paul Anka. This caused the song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 16.
Doja Cat was nominated for three awards at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, namely Best New Artist, and her single “Say So” being nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In 2021, she was placed on “Time’s 100 Next” list, which highlights 100 emerging figures, with her write-up being penned by American rapper Lil Nas X.
Doja Cat has cited Nicki Minaj as her biggest influence. In a Billboard interview, Doja Cat stated that she is “in love with everything Nicki Minaj has put out into the world.” On the song “Get Into It (Yuh)” from her third studio album, Planet Her (2021), she pays tribute to Minaj and borrows lyrics and rap delivery from her debut 2010 single “Massive Attack”.
Critics noted that the album as whole was largely influenced by Minaj herself with The New Yorker noting that she “build[s] upon the pop-rap legacy established by her predecessor Nicki Minaj”. She has also named Lauryn Hill and Busta Rhymes as some of her biggest influences. While speaking about Busta Rhymes, she stated: “if I hear a beat Busta Rhymes would absolutely kill, I’ll use my voice to do a flow similar to his.”
Additionally, Doja Cat has cited Rihanna, Beyoncé, D’Angelo, Missy Elliott, and Christina Aguilera among her major influences. She draws inspiration from her background engaging in online activities and delving into sub-cultures as a suburban teenager, as well as the artists her mother exposed to her as a child such as Fugees, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Tupac, Aaliyah, DMX, India Arie and TLC.
The Hindu culture of her childhood as well as Japanese culture have also been noted as sources of inspiration for Purrr! (2014) and other aspects of her early career. In an interview with Big Boy, she stated her admiration for Janet Jackson and Prince.