Doja Cat cements her legendary status with her third studio album, “Planet Her” – The Vanderbilt Hustler

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After a two-year hiatus, iconic singer and rapper Doja Cat returned on June 25 with her third studio album, “Planet Her,” an R&B/pop collection infused with hip-hop and Latin elements. The album is the perfect addition to your summer, with sultry songs about lust that will have you dancing, but also poignant and introspective songs about loneliness. With numerous Billboard hits and music awards to her name, Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” secures her legendary status as a rapidly growing artist.

Here is an overview of the 14 tracks of the album:

“Women”

With a lively Latin-style beat and a whispery, mysterious tone, Doja captivates us almost instantly as she sings about the beauty of her body and its power. His soft tone contrasts nicely with his raspy rap voice during the verses, oscillating between passionate and fierce. She wins us over by singing “Let Me Be Your Wife,” but she also insists on being herself, rapping “I gotta prove to myself I’m on top…/…you’ll never know a god without the goddesses. After breaking up with indie artist Johnny Utah a few months ago, Doja may be using this song to boost her confidence to find love again.

“Naked”

In this track, Doja once again proves her versatility, interweaving a sultry rap verse into an otherwise playful song about wanting to date a boy. The song picks up a fast pace with a rhythmic style similar to “Woman”, but softer and more delicate, with subtle bells layered in the background.

“Payday” (feat. Young Thug)”

Despite her growing success, Doja reminds us how humble she is in this track, singing that she already has what she wants and is ready to share her wealth with the people she loves: to mean something / See it in your dreams as I spend it all on my team. The song takes on a more serene vibe here, with Doja showcasing her powerful, raspy tone and smooth, heady vocals over a harp-infused instrumental beat. Young Thug also echoes Doja’s tone perfectly, not only singing in the same soft, whispery tone, but also in the same pitch.

“Come In (Yuh)”

With a cartoonish, laughing tone, Doja quickly raps over this track with muted mallets playing in the background. She plays around with rhyme schemes, using the phrase “Get in there” in almost every possible context and ordering people to stick to it. Her enunciation here bears a strong resemblance to Nicki Minaj’s style, and Doja even eulogizes Nicki at the end of the song, commemorating the artist who she says is her greatest role model in music.

“Gotta Know”

Similar to “Naked”, Doja expresses her fantasies and desires in this track, sexualizing her body in hopes of capturing another person’s intentions. She doesn’t hold back from being very direct about what she wants, and after a few unsatisfying relationships, who can blame her for wanting more? As she oscillates between fast rapping and slow singing, her voice enlivens the song as an R&B beat plays in the background with soft chords to accompany it.

“I Don’t Do Drugs (feat. Ariana Grande)”

While Doja keeps the subject matter of her songs mostly ambiguous, she doesn’t shy away from reflecting on the difficult aspects of love. In this song, she sings about finding someone and wanting to stay with them even though they might not be good for her: “Love fucked me up/ I had to give in, I couldn’t give up/ I just want you, but I don’t do drugs. Here she draws a creative parallel between the difficulties a drug user might face in giving up their bad habits and the way a person in love could handle toxic behavior.Although the song is objectively melancholic, Doja and Ariana showcase the smooth, sweet parts of their voices, singing and harmonizing in various rhythmic styles as a gentle rhythm underpins the music.

“Love to dream”

Taking a different perspective on love, Doja sings about remembering the times she had with an ex-partner in this track and being in disbelief that they were really gone. Here she sings over an electric guitar chorus, expressing her vulnerability through her vocals, though the beat itself is more soothing. While it’s unclear who she might be referring to, one thing is certain: Doja has been through all kinds of heartache, and music is her way of telling those stories.

“You’re right”

Adding another complicated story of relationships to her repertoire, Doja sings here about being with a man but wanting to be with someone else who is also in a relationship. She sings “I got a man, but I want you/…I try to hide it in my face/And it don’t work, you see through”, expressing how passionate she is about committing with someone else. The Weeknd plays the role of the secret man here, and the bond between them is accentuated by the perfect harmony of their voices.

“I’ve been like that”

Reminiscent of “Streets” from her album “Hot Pink,” Doja sings peacefully over a calm, slow beat in this song. With her high falsetto range introduced towards the end of the track, she keeps the music soft and serene, although the lyrics suggest otherwise. Here, Doja sings about how someone she loved and gave her all to began to change for the worse, and she no longer felt happy. As she blesses his heart, she states that she cannot live as she lived with him, wanting to get out of the case. The song ends abruptly before moving on to the next track, almost suggesting that the pain she is experiencing needs to end, whether with respect or not.

“Options (feat. JID)”

Sexual desire seems to impose itself as the theme of this album, while Doja again sings of the desire to spend the night with someone. Her voice is very powerful on this track, echoing her seductive intentions. However, unlike “You Right”, where she expresses her hesitation about infidelity, she is bolder about it in this song, singing “I don’t need lovin’, late-night cuffin’/.. We know we both have options.” With JID’s smooth vocals coming later in the song and muted flute melodies playing throughout, this song introduces some mellow, relaxing vibes.

“It’s not shit”

After singing about wanting to engage in dating, Doja showcases her more independent side here, rapping and singing with a slow beat about the various ways men have left her unsatisfied. Whether she feels used for sex or is responsible for rent and food, she is not taken in and not afraid to point out anyone’s faults. With her high-pitched voice at the start of the song and her cartoonish high pitch later on, she strikes the perfect balance of seriousness and comedic effect to show how ridiculous some people have treated her.

“Imagine”

Upbeat R&B bass vibes are heavy in this track, with Doja showcasing her vocal dexterity as she transitions from soft to high in the choruses and verses. She sounds celebratory as she sings “Put the studio in the mansion…all that hard work has paid off.” After winning three Grammys and buying a luxury home in Beverly Hills, who wouldn’t want to brag about their own success?

“Only”

With electric guitar riffs and layered vocals embedded throughout the song, the pop artist’s production skills shine here. Doja really knows how to craft a song about broken love in a way that feels authentic and relaxing. She sings: “I don’t want to share my dreams when it involves you…but being alone is better than ‘needing control’…is it crazy that I’m not afraid to be alone? ” Although fans have yet to speculate if she was referring to a certain person, Doja knows what she wants and she won’t settle for anything less.

“Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)”

The album ends with its lead single, the infamous pop-rap duo continuing to dominate atop the Billboard charts. While previous songs on the album often featured something unfortunate or desirable related to love and lust, this song is more uplifting and playful, with a fast pace that boosts energy. SZA’s sing-rap style pairs beautifully with Doja’s, and with a catchy electric guitar melody in the background, this song is sure to get you dancing wherever you go.

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