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Doja Cat villain

Let’s face it: Sometimes music sounds better when the artist is a bit of a villain

Doja Cat tweeting that she hates her fans is somehow making her excellent new singles slap even harder

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Doja Cat has been being a bit of a dick head. And by that, I mean insulting her fans and losing 180,000 followers on social media after telling her once hardcore stanning fans that she doesn’t give a fuck what they think about her and that she has no interest in embracing them anyway. The Cat then addressed her Insta plummet, saying “Seeing all these people unfollow makes me feel like I’ve defeated a large beast that’s been holding me down for so long and it feels like I can reconnect with the people who really matter and love me for who I am and not for who I was.” It’s a pretty wild way to boot off your new album cycle, and one that’s of course been widely criticised. But I’m here to say that I don’t actually need my music artists to be this holier than thou effigy of kindness – sometimes, the music slaps harder when an artist like Doja Cat decides to become a bit of a villain.

‘Bitch, I, said what I said…’

Both Attention and Paint The Town Red, the two singles from Doja Cat’s upcoming album are spitting from the same hymn book. This new era is Doja’s first since she became a global megastar during her album era for Planet Her – a massive record that followed Hot Pink and featured more banger singles like Kiss Me More, Woman and Get Into It (Yuh). Doja has since denounced her past catalogue, calling the music “cash grabs” and “mediocre pop.”

Whilst I don’t agree with the sentiment, and I think whilst Attention and Paint The Town Red tread new themes for Doja sonically and lyrically, they’re pretty consistent with the quality we’re used to from her discography. But wha fascinates me is the more obnoxious and unlikeable Doja gets on socials and in her personal life, the harder these two new singles begin to slap. At least for me – and I’m not the only one. Paint The Town Red is breaking streaming records left right and centre for female rap music as I write this and you read it.