On January 23, Doja Cat released her new track “Boss Bitch.” The song, included on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Birds of Prey, showcases Doja Cat as a powerhouse: able to combine cutting, spasmic vocals and four-on-the-floor club beats with her lighthearted lyricism and focus on female empowerment. It’s a danceable song, but it is just as appropriate for zooming away in a getaway car.
Sonically, this track is reminiscent of Azaelia Banks — especially the unrelenting beat and “I won’t hesitate to punch you in the face” vocal delivery. And part of this song’s appeal is its fast-paced, driving motion — even from the first few seconds, a stripped-down mambo beat and Doja Cat’s throaty ad-libs, it’s clear she’s about to serve up a bop. The second pre-chorus of “Boss Bitch” was particularly striking, as Doja Cat unleashes her vocal fury on her audience. Through a chill-inducing jagged yell, she adds a rawness to the polished pop genre with, “I took it and I ran for it // I won it then I stand on it.”
Despite the sonic edge of the track, the moments of silly, not-taking-herself-too-seriously lyricism really give this song Doja Cat’s trademark. “I’m clumsy, made friends with the floor,” she riffs in the first verse, “And two left feet, you know I always drop.” Just like any good meme queen, she knows how to play to relatability, but it never feels forced here. She’s just a girl who likes to dance (and sometimes fall). The chorus of “Boss Bitch” is anthemic in its delivery and repetitiveness, as Doja Cat states the lyrics with blasé confidence: “I’m a bitch and a boss and my shine like gloss.”
“Boss Bitch” is a fun, electrifyingly dance-y song that will undoubtedly make it onto many club playlists this year. It may not be as much of a standby as Doja Cat’s other tracks, like “Go to Town” or “Tia Tamara,” both of which match carefree lyrics with a chilled out, carefree beat. But will we be playing it at my next party? Hell yeah.
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