It’s red on red on red for Doja Cat. On Thursday, BBC Radio One released the singer’s Live Lounge performances of her Scarlet tracks “Agora Hills” and “Paint the Town Red,” along with a cover of Hiatus Kaiyote‘s “Red Room.”
Sporting a puffy white jacket, Doja Cat sang while sitting on a stool in the middle of a large red room while her band performed the jazzy instrumentals for the Kaiyote track. “It is the red hour when the sun sets in my bedroom,” she sang, her vocals getting higher throughout the song. “It feels like I’m inside a flower.”
Hiatus Kaiyote shared the rendition on their Instagram Story with the caption, “Doja Cat doing a pretty solid cover of ‘Red Room.’ Hiatus Kaiyote [is] still your artist’s favorite artist.”
Doja kept the red vibes going for her single “Paint the Town Red” as she rapped her hit song’s lyrics while backed by a pair of background vocalists. For “Agora Hills,” she switched up the vibes with a blue backdrop.
Doja Cat’s performance marked the end of a successful Live Lounge month, featuring visits by the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Usher, and Jung Kook of BTS. Doja’s performance was also not the first time a Doja Cat hit was sung in the Live Lounge — Leigh-Anne Pinnock performed a cover of “Paint the Town Red,” giving the song a groovy rendition.
The new performance comes a few weeks after she visited “Hot Ones” and dished on her favorite YouTube videos and how she wanted to bring “campiness” back to rap, naming folks like Missy Elliott and TLC’s Left Eye as inspirations.
Referring to the recent clip for her Scarlet single, “Attention,” Doja said, “I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt and a jacket and some jewelry. I don’t have prosthetics, I don’t have a wig. I’m just me, I’m very comfortable in that video — and that was such a nice break from the hell of having to wear plastic bras and seven-inch platforms… I want to pull back a little bit, but not be lazy.”
Doja released her album Scarlet in late September, featuring songs such as “Balut,” “Demons,” and “Attention.”
“After months of feuding with her own fans online, two opposing sides brawling in the trenches of the IDGAF war, the rapper is burning whatever white flag she could wave,” read a review by Rolling Stone‘s Larisha Paul. “On Scarlet, Doja Cat pushes her tolerance to the limit. But that isn’t to say that she’s winning.”
From Rolling Stone US