The world’s most popular rapper right now does his best in suitable mouthfuls.
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Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini – increasingly known as the r&b singer and rapper Doja Cat – has taken some noticeable steps towards the top of the pop stardom this autumn. In recent weeks, the single “Paint the Town Red”, which bases a large part of its appeal on Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By”, has topped the charts in both the US and the UK.
Not bad for an artist who has had a beef with her fan base since this summer, telling them to go to hell on multiple occasions, which reportedly cost her 500,000 Instagram followers.
Compared to its predecessor “Planet Her”, “Scarlet” is an uncompromising and raucous affair, lyrically as well as musically. “Demons” in particular hits hard, with lines like “I’m a puppet, I’m a sheep, I’m a cash cow/ I’m the fastest-growing bitch on all your apps now” over a bass that rumbles the diaphragm.
Songs such as the self-explanatory “Wet Vagina”, “Fuck the Girls” and “Balut” reinforce the impression that Doja Cat has a strong need to be recognized as a rapper, and she possesses both fluidity, wit and character enough to make it very easy .
However, that does not mean that the 27-year-old has enough interesting things on his mind to carry 17 songs. A certain monotony, both in subject matter and delivery, undeniably creeps in during the scant hour “Scarlet” lasts. It makes the softer elements – soulful “Can’t Wait”, 10CC-sampling “Shutcho”, romantic “Agora Hills” – probably sparkle more strongly than they would out of context.
Still: Doja Cat seems pretty unstoppable right now.
BEST SONG: «Can’t Wait»
Published: 25/09/23 at 09:31
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