By many standards considered a newcomer (relatively speaking), Doja Cat – in just a few short years – has already proven herself quite the force to be reckoned with on the visual front.
When not dropping jaws with her high octane, out-of-this-world stage performances, the ‘Planet Her’ star is cranking out eccentric, highly stylized music videos that rival some of today’s best offerings.
Her dedication to visual excellence is perceived as somewhat of an anomaly for her generation – a sentiment, as Cat recently revealed to our friends at MTV News, that isn’t far-fetched given the groundbreaking female artists she draws inspiration from.
Look inside to see how she praised Aaliyah, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and others for influencing her work.
While counting down her top 5 favorite music videos of all time, Doja – also hot on the promo trail in support of the June 25 release of her third album ‘Planet Her’ – talked at length about the female stars who have inspired her over the years.
DOJA ON LADY GAGA:
“I feel like Gaga is extremely inspirational,” she said of the ‘Paparazzi’ singer. “If I take anything from what she’s given, she really likes to play with textures and shapes as far as fashion goes.”
DOJA ON AALIYAH:
“‘We Need a Resolution’ was one of the most beautiful videos; extremely iconic in the color choices and VFX,” she said of the late R&B star’s 2001 hit. “…everyone loves that video – it’s incredible.”
DOJA ON FKA TWIGS:
“That was one of the most beautifully executed videos of all time. Just completely unique and cinematic and, to a degree, it just feels like a film,” said a doting Doja of Twigs’ ‘Sad Day’ music video. “She’s just incredible.”
DOJA ON HOW HER WORK COMPARES TO HER INSPIRATIONS:
“Anybody could say I have clear inspiration from all five [on my list],” Doja said before ensuring viewers knew she wasn’t comparing herself to them. “My goal is to create those things I was inspired by and twist them into my own world.”
Click “PLAY” on the clip above to see what Cat had to say about Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, and more.