Doja Cat – Amala Album Review

It was at around August 2018 where things changed for Doja Cat with her viral hit Moo! The song itself was so silly but I found myself going back to watch it again on YouTube. I even remember sharing it with a couple of friends who also enjoyed it. Months later, she dropped a video for Tia Tamera. That’s when I knew an album was somewhere waiting for me to look for it.

So, is it good? Let’s find out.

Overview

Amala is a 16-track Hip-hop/Rap album. It’s difficult to rank it to one genre because we sort of get different approaches in her songs. One moment she is rapping, the next she is singing her heart out. Also, this is her debut album and yes, Amala is her real name. Also, also, I googled what other people categorize her music as and I found them calling it psychedelic. Let’s just call it a psychedelic album.

Production

It’s a decent album. Despite it being 16 tracks (4 more tracks longer than recommended 12) I did find myself enjoying it. So, what’s there to like?

For starters, this is a well-produced album. I only know that she made Moo in a matter of minutes and we all loved it. How amazing would it be if she confessed that she made and produced more than half of the songs? If so, I salute her. The beats are good and the songs are bubbly to listen to. About her singing, uhm…it’s good but I couldn’t help but feel like she was being nauseous in some songs.

One thing that I do appreciate is that she doesn’t have as many features as other artists. We are only limited to two in this album and they are just fine. I know all about Konshens and my expectations were fully met. Rico Nasty is just fine; nothing I haven’t heard before. Perhaps she could pull a J Cole stunt in her next project. Just some thoughts.

Lyrical Themes

Her themes are categorized as follows: RnB, rap and a little bit of Dancehall vibes. Psychedelic. The funny part is that people call it contemporary urban music today. As you would expect, I was kind of disappointed because there would be nothing new to expect from her. But, I did like her implementation of it. You could say she perfected the formula to her liking.

Take, for example, the song Go to Town. She’s obviously talking about oral sex but the song is so fun to listen to that you would even ignore what she’s actually saying. It’s not the first time we have seen artists trying to sell sex but Doja does it her own way. That’s what I appreciate about the whole album. She’s not trying to sound generic but rather introducing us to her own kind of music. And I like it.

Can we just talk about Tia Tamera for a minute? She says her twins are big like Tia Tamera. Because I do know Tia and Tamera are twins…and when Amala is talking about twins…you know where I’m going with this. I just laughed at this. Like I said, there is nothing new being brought to the table but you will have a good time listening to the album.

Also, I hope she wasn’t serious about dissing vegans because people are sensitive AF nowadays.

Verdict

I like Amala. This album has officially made me a Stan of Doja’s music. Who knows what the future holds for her? It gets an 8.2/10.

Elvis Mwangi

Student of life, Blogger, Audiophile. Lol.

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