Moriah Rose Pereira and formerly known as That Poppy -- gained a substantial following on social media with her videos, the subjects of which grew ever more absurd and bizarre. When she began making music for Diplo's Mad Decent label, Poppy's commentary on social media and fame became even more meta; the self-referential electro-pop of 2017's Poppy.Computer and the forays into nu-metal and dance-pop on the following year's Am I a Girl? further blurred the project's boundaries.
Lana Del Rey-ified version of Mac DeMarco's "My Kind of Woman." Her first official single, "Everybody Wants to Be Poppy," arrived months later. Signing with Island Records, she released the follow-up single "Lowlife" (and a remix featuring Travis Mills), a reggae-tinged jam that would serve as the first track on her debut EP, Bubblebath. Released in February 2016, the four-song set of catchy dance-pop showcased her musical range and sensibility, attracting comparisons to Grimes, Icona Pop, Melanie Martinez, and Charli XCX. That October, she issued the experimental ambient album 3:36 (Music to Sleep To), a collaboration with her longtime director Titanic Sinclair and polysomnographists from the Washington University School of Medicine that was designed to promote healthy sleep and dreaming. A year later, Poppy's official debut album, Poppy.Computer (Mad Decent), arrived and peaked within the Top 40 of both the Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts. On 2018's Am I a Girl?, Poppy worked with Diplo, Grimes, and Lady Gaga collaborator Garibay on a set of songs that incorporated mainstream pop and nu-metal sounds and explored fame, fashion, and identity. While promoting the effort, she began incorporating increasingly heavy elements into her music, inspired by Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie. In a similar vein as Am I a Girl? selections such as "Play Destroy" and "X," Poppy's 2019 single "Concrete" featured speedy metal riffs and pounding drums, adopting a sugar-sweet attack similar to Babymetal.