Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), better known by her stage name Doja Cat, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer from Los Angeles. Doja Cat began her music career in 2014 with her debut EP Purrr!, but it was her 2018 song "Mooo!", a joke song about being a cow, that brought her to online fame, with its viral music video that quickly reached meme status. Since then she has released a second album, Hot Pink, which has spawned her biggest hit to date with the disco-influenced "Say So".
- Purrr! (2014)
- Amala (2018)
- Hot Pink (2019)
- Planet Her (2021)
- "Boss Bitch" (2020, a song in the Birds of Prey soundtrack)
Bitch, I'm a trope. Bitch I'm a trope:
- Ascended Meme: The "Say So" music video features choreography from a viral TikTok dance video set to the song that had boosted the song's popularity. The dance's originator, Haley Sharpe, also appears in the video.
- Auto-Tune: Used heavily in "Bottom Bitch", particularly towards the end. Also shows up on her featured verse on Tove Lo's song Equally Lost".
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Usually averted as she raps and sings in a majority of her songs on her own. However, she has done this for singers such as Bebe Rexha on her song "Baby I'm Jealous" and Ariana Grande on her song "Motive".
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: The single art◊ for "Juicy".
- Chroma Key:
- The "Mooo!" music video features extremely obvious chroma key, with visible green edges around Doja Cat's hair and clothes in most shots.
- The "Like That" music video uses (more professionally-done) chroma key in certain shots to make it look like parts of Doja's body are missing.
- Everything's Better with Cows: "Mooo!" is a whole song built around parodying this.
- Gainaxing: One of the green screen backgrounds in the "Mooo!" music video is a close-up of an anime character's breasts bouncing up and down rhythmically.
- Gasshole: In "Mooo!" she raps "Got the methane, I'm a farter".
- Genre Roulette: Officially, she is classified as a R&B/Soul artist by her label, but her versatility as an artist has her dipping into Hip-Hop, Pop, Funk, Disco,and even Rock (showing off her rock chops in an impressive metal/alternative cover of Say So for the MTV European Music Awards). This has lead some controversy online when she won Best Soul/R&B Artist at the American Music Awards in 2020, as many felt she was wrongly placed in that category.
- Hidden Depths: Is a pundit on privacy issues and consumer issues.
- Hurricane of Puns: The first verse of "Mooo!" is full of cow- and dairy-based puns.Got milk, bitch? Got beef?
Got steak, ho? Got cheese?
Grade A ho, not lean
Got me A1, sauce please
These heifers got nothin' on me
Steaks high, need a side of collard greens
Cash rules everything around me
Ice C.R.E.A.M, ice C.R.E.A.M
- Intercourse with You: Quite a lot of her songs are about this.
- Medium Blending:
- In the music video for "Mooo!", where the chroma key background switches between animations, sprite art and real-life footage.
- The "Like That" video has multiple animated sections showing an anime-esque rendition of Doja Cat, and the live-action sections feature various cartoon-like animated effects.
- Ms. Fanservice: Shes not afraid of showing off her body, especially her butt.
- Pink Is Erotic: As part of her sex appeal, Doja Cat is associated with the color pink when she appears scantily clad. As shown by the album Hot Pink and the "grass outfit" shown in the page image where she wields pink hedge clippers, wears pink gloves and she has dyed her hair pink. Doja Cat is also seen as an icon for sex positivity and body confidence."Pussy all pink with a tan
And I play with it til my middle fingers are cramped up.
- Refrain from Assuming: The title of "Mooo!" is not "Bitch I'm a Cow", as it is sometimes assumed due to the lyric being repeated in the chorus.
- Retraux: In keeping with its 70s-influenced aesthetic, the "Say So" music video appears to be shot on film giving it an old, grainy look.
- Sexy Packaging: Amala and Hot Pink both show Doja Cat in very revealing outfits, while on the single art for "Juicy" she is completely nude.
- Shaking the Rump: Several of her music videos, such as "Juicy", "Mooo!", and "Like That" feature repeated shots of ass-shaking by Doja Cat / her backup dancers.
- Shout-Out: "Tia Tamera" is one to Tia and Tamera Mowry of Sister, Sister fame, while the animated sequences in the music video for "Like That" are heavily inspired by Sailor Moon.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Juicy" is about this.
- Three Minutes of Writhing: "Like That"'s music video is half this half Animated Music Video.
- Updated Re Release:
- Following the success of "Mooo!" and "Tia Tamera", a deluxe version of Amala was released featuring those songs.
- A deluxe version of "Planether" was also released two days after the regular version, adding five new songs including collaberations with rappers Eve and Gunna, while also adding Doja's originally removed rap verse from the track "You Right".