History was made on Monday when relative newcomer Doja Cat and the self-styled “Queen of Rap” Nicki Minaj both earned their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The duo topped the chart with a remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So”, the first time in almost two decades that black female solo artistes have collaborated on a chart topper since Lil’ Kim and Mya, along with Christina Aguilera and P!nk, did so with “Lady Marmalade” back in 2001.
The moment was made all the more special as the much-anticipated lead-up pitted the duo against another mega remix, “Savage” also powered by black women. The Megan Thee Stallion-penned hit features fellow Houston, Texas native Beyoncé, herself no stranger to the chart’s top level.
Eagle-eyed watchers of the chart battle noted that it’s the first time four black women lead the chart.
Thought the stakes were high for all involved, except Beyoncé who seemingly hasn’t cared about chart performance for singles or albums in a while, Doja Cat wants all to know there’s no need for comparison.
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In an Instagram Live on Monday, Doja told fans “”Obviously, women have been pitted against each other, and this is f—ing so not that,” according to Billboard, adding “We’ve climbed over that, and that’s cool.”