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On Friday (May 1), Doja Cat dropped the remix to her single “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj. Now, The Los Angeles singer-rapper has shared how the collaboration with Minaj came about. During a recent interview, Doja Cat said that the remix with Minaj  “happened very quickly.”

However, Doja Cat said that she’s been manifesting the collaboration for years. “It was a conversation for a long time,” Doja Cat said. “And I was like, ‘This is who I want, this is who I want. Please God, please, please, please.’ And it just happened.”

BILBAO, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 04: Nicki Minaj performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for MTV)

The “So High” singer said that it all started with an inside joke with her fans on Instagram Live.“I was ending every sentence with ‘featuring Nicki Minaj.’ So I was saying, ‘Damn you look good featuring Nicki Minaj’ [or] ‘My ass itch featuring Nicki Minaj,’” Doja Cat said. “But that was so long ago but then it happened and I feel like I manifested it or something.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 22: Doja Cat attends the Spotify Cookout on June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Spotify)

Doja Cat said that she had no idea what exactly Minaj would say in her verse. “It wasn’t discussed before so it was a surprise for me too, but she killed it as per usual,” Doja Cat said.

Nicki Minaj’s verse on the “Say So” remix includes lines that were controversial, which some fans thought that the rapper was taking shots at Wendy Williams. However, as we previously reported, Minaj denied that it was a diss to the talk show host.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 25: Recording artist Doja Cat performs during the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“People want to create like a lore or like a story or a fantasy over somebody’s lyrics. At all times, if they’re big enough and there is some sort of seemingly ‘competition’ to whatever’s happening, so it’s just for their entertainment and not so much the truth,” Doja Cat said regarding the controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj’s lines.

Doja Cat added, “She’s an entertainer and that’s on period.” The original version of “Say So” currently sits at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.  As we previously reported, Doja Cat recently performed the popular single that derived from her latest release Hot Pink hit as part of Vevo’s LIFT Live Sessions.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.