Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion Turbocharge Ariana Grande's '34+35' for TikTok
Ariana Grande’s “34+35” had already made it big on TikTok even before TikTok queens Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion came on board. But the pair’s additions on the remix, which dropped last night, cements it as an internet anthem, with their lyrics referencing digital culture in ways the extremely online know and love.
“Welcome to my channel, and today I'm 'bout to teach you somethin’,” the “Savage” singer begins her verse. The phrase is almost pavlovian for those who have grown up watching YouTubers, who normally begin their videos with some iteration of the lyric, often before they dive into an elaborate makeup tutorial. She references YouTube again later on, with the lyrics “When I'm by myself, DIY like it's YouTube.”
There are more references almost exclusively using internet vocabulary: being left on read, choosing between Netflix or Hulu, and Doja Cat’s diss of Tekashi69, who attempted a transparently pathetic rehabilitation tour on TikTok.
Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion songs have repeatedly fueled trends on TikTok. “Say So” was an early dance craze, and Doja Cat continued to dominate the app with songs like “Boss Bitch” and “Juicy.” Megan Thee Stallion is best known on TikTok for “Savage,” “Captain Hook,” and, most recently, “Body.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Grande would tap them to come aboard. She and Doja Cat had been plotting a collaboration for a while, and the rise of TikTok during a year of quarantining only made the partnership more internet-breaking. Megan Thee Stallion’s involvement comes after her feature in Cardi B’s “WAP.”
The “34+35” remix has already been used as a sound on over a thousand videos in less than twelve hours of its release, proving that anything Doja and Megan touch turns into TikTok gold.