Doja Cat with an inset of Ric Flair. Getty Images (2)
Ric Flair famously claimed, “To be the person, you bought to beat the person” — and now, Doja Cat has used “The Nature Boy” to declare how she’s hip-hop’s new heavyweight champ.
The 74-year-old WWE Hall of Famer’s voice opens Doja’s new tune, “Balut,” launched Friday, September 15. “Remember, ladies. None of you may be first, however all of you may be subsequent,” says Flair in audio taken from audio recorded earlier within the yr, per Complex. Whereas Flair was utilizing it as an invitation, Doja used the audio to challenge a warning to all her rivals.
“I’m the shit, you an actual piece of s—t / I’m wanted, you an actual needy bitch,” raps Doja within the tune (which takes its title from avenue meals the place a fertilized duck embryo is boiled or steamed in its shell.) “I’m competing, you might be incompetent/ You are fleeting ’trigger you possibly can’t copy this / Copy this, copy that / Every bitch that’s right here copy ‘Cat / Copy the greats, that’s my primary technique / But beware you could’t copy stats.”
The tune conveys Doja’s confidence and funky demeanor as her ground pairs nicely with the dreamy manufacturing courtesy of Yeti Beats, Rogét Chahayed, and Kurtis McKenzie (The Arcade). It additionally acts because the fourth single from her upcoming album due on September 22.
“Balut” caps off a banner week that noticed her mild up the stage on the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards with an epic medley of his songs “Attention,” “Paint the Town Red” and “Demons.” Doja additionally walked out of the September 12 ceremony with a Moon Person, as her video for “Attention” gained the award for Best Art Direction.
Even earlier than the present started, Doja made a splash on the crimson carpet by stepping into the Spooky season along with her outfit. Doja walked into Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center sporting a customized spider web-like costume made by Monse. It was giving haunted home by means of New York Fashion Week, as Doja – who went topless within the barely-there robe – appeared scary good within the attractive outfit.
Doja will finish September on a excessive notice by releasing her fourth studio album, Scarlet. “I do know that I’ve finished loads of pink and gentle issues, loads of pop and glittery sounds,” Doja stated in a 2023 interview with Variety, “however for this subsequent period, I’m entering into a extra masculine course.”
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In the interview, she referenced “Vegas,” her single on the Elvis authentic movement image soundtrack. “That was one of many biggest experiences,” she says, “as a result of everybody is aware of [Elvis Presley’s] ‘Hound Dog,’ however I used to be in a position to give it my very own spin. I went in and I used to be like, ‘Finally, I get to rap once more.’ Lots of people discredit me, so it’s good to simply put one other one within the f—kg bucket for an important rap tune.”
The yr hasn’t been with out controversy for Doja Cat. In July, she attacked her followers describing themselves as “kittenz,” saying that nickname was one which she got here up with “once I was an alcoholic teen” and that it was time for followers to “get off your telephone and get a job and assist your dad and mom with the home.” This drama was the ultimate for some ex-“kittenz,” as a few of Doja’s prime fan pages deactivated their accounts following this incident.