Doja Cat Talks Working with Dr. Luke in New Interview: "I Don't Think I Need to Work With Him in the Future"

The producer — who has been accused of assault and abuse by Kesha — has had a hand in many of Doja's hit songs

BY Kaelen BellPublished Dec 16, 2021

In the past, Doja Cat has generally dodged the topic of working with Dr. Luke — who's been involved in a protracted and messy legal battle after being accused of abuse and assault by Kesha — but in a new interview, the "Say So" singer said that she doesn't intend to make music with him going forward, alleging that "I haven't worked with him in a very long time."

When asked about her prior work with Dr. Luke in a new feature for Rolling Stone — Luke worked on several songs on Doja's Planet Her, and last year's "Say So" became his first number one hit since Kesha's allegations — Doja downplayed the producer's involvement in her music, saying "There's shit that he's credited for, where I'm like, 'Hmm, I don't know, I don't know if you did anything on that."

When pressed, Doja continued, explaining that "the point is he's gotten some credit for shit. And, you know, it's whatever. I don't think I need to work with him again. I don't think I need to work with him in the future. I know that. I think it was definitely nice of me to work with him."

However, it's noted in the feature that a few weeks after the interview took place, Doja Cat sent an email through her representatives clarifying her comments about Luke. The email read:

I wanted to clarify something that I had been thinking about since the interview. When asked about Luke I may have said something that someone could interpret as me saying that he had taken credit on things he didn't deserve to. I just want to be clear that I have no firsthand knowledge of that being the case and I don't want to participate in the rumour mill. The credits on my music are accurate, and I don't want to imply anything else.

She attributed her original comments as "sensitivities in the past about certain people attributing my general success to the work of others — in particular, men. As a young woman I think it is always important to fight for the credit that we are all due, and that was the point I was trying to make there."

Given the strictures of music industry contracts and intense label pressures, it'll be interesting to see whether Doja actually ceases working with Dr. Luke, particularly given the success of "Say So" and Planet Her

Elsewhere in the feature, Doja touches on her previous comments about not having fun making music anymore and her sometimes-controversial internet presence. 

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