In a candid conversation on Instagram’s “Close Friends Only” podcast with Ice Spice, Grammy Award-winning artist Doja Cat opened up about the persistent criticism she faces regarding her music.
When asked about the biggest misconception about her, Doja Cat responded with a hint of humor, saying, “I’ma throw these cards,” and then delved into a topic that surprised the podcast host. “One is that I’m unoriginal,” she stated, highlighting a criticism she often encounters. Ice Spice expressed his surprise, noting that he hadn’t heard that sentiment before.
Doja Cat went on to address the perception that she copies other artists, particularly the greats in the industry. “There’s a lot of people who think I, like, copy people. I pull a lot from—copy the greats,” she explained, countering the notion of being flat-out unoriginal. She emphasized the impossibility of such a claim.
The conversation touched upon the comparisons drawn between Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj, an artist she acknowledges as an inspiration. She clarified this influence, citing her single “Attention” from the recent album Scarlet as an example. Doja Cat shared lyrics from the track, showcasing her unapologetic and confident approach to her artistry.
The Instagram podcast provided a rare glimpse into Doja Cat’s perspective on the criticisms surrounding her work and offered an opportunity for her to set the record straight about her creative process and influences.