REVIEW: Doja Cat’s ‘Planet Her’ allows personality to shine through


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Assistant News Editor Riya Mahanta writes that Doja Cat’s album ‘Planet Her’ is filled with catchy bops that showcase her personality.

Riya Mahanta, Assistant News Editor

“Planet Her,” Doja Cat’s third studio album released on June 25, is the perfect display of her personality, with traces of pop, trap and sci-fi throughout the 14 tracks. 

The album opens with “Woman,” which is a mix of her South African culture and pop culture. The track lies on a bouncy Afrobeat that helps move the track forward. It also references the classic teen movie “Mean Girls,” where she raps, “They wanna pin us against each other when we succeed and for no reason they wanna see us end up like we Regina on ‘Mean Girls.’” The song is very catchy and different from the rest of the album, making it the perfect intro track.

The next three tracks “Naked,” “Payday (feat. Young Thug)” and “Get Into It (Yuh)” all share a similar sound and rhythm, with an upbeat tempo and high vocals. Since they are so similar, I would’ve preferred these tracks to be separated throughout the album, or some even cut, as I wasn’t a big fan. 

“Need To Know” and “Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)” were released as singles before the album came out. From their catchy choruses that are sure to be stuck in your head to the variety of rhythms and sounds, these two tracks were the perfect choices to release as singles.

“I Don’t Do Drugs (feat. Ariana Grande)” is my personal favorite on the album. This is Grande and Cat’s third collaboration together, and hopefully not their last. The bubbly and fun uptempo song is a great blend of their voices, with playful lyrics as well as beautiful harmonies. 

Right after my favorite song on the track list comes my least favorite: “Love To Dream.” Most of the song consists of layers of high, airy vocals over a slow beat. I enjoy when Cat raps and uses her raspy voice, so this song is a skip for me.

“Imagine” is another skip for me. The heavy amount of autotune on her voice is similar to what rapper Travis Scott uses, but I prefer it on Scott—sorry Cat!

“Alone” and “Been Like This” are similar in the way that Cat’s singing is stripped down to just her vocals with little to no autotune. “Been Like This” is also similar to Cat’s hit song “Streets,” her second most popular song. Both songs are over a low, dirty bass beat, but are topped with high vocals.

Two of my other favorites are “Ain’t Sh*t” and “Options (feat. JID). During an Instagram live on April 4, 2020, Cat played a snippet of “Ain’t Sh*t” without realizing that she was playing her unreleased song at the time. I have been waiting for this song to be officially released for a long time, so I’m very happy it made it on this album. 

JID’s feature in “Options” is my favorite part of the whole song. His flow fits so well, and the transition from Cat to JID was so smooth, almost as smooth as Lil Baby’s verse in “Pride Is The Devil” by J. Cole.

The Weeknd and Cat teamed up on “You Right,” and they did not disappoint. Doja’s raspy voice is back, with pockets of her falsetto shining through, and The Weeknd comes through with his high, silky vocals. 

Throughout the entire album, we see many different sides of Cat’s creativity and imagination, with her unique flows all through the album. If she goes on tour for this album, I would definitely buy a ticket.