Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Doja Cat's 2022 Hip Hop/Pop Song "Vegas" & How It Samples Big Mama Thornton's 1953 R&B Song "Hound Dog"

Doja Cat, June 3, 2022
Total # of views as of Nov. 29, 2022 at 9:08 AM ET - 78,553,088

Edited by Azizi Powell 

This pancocojams post presents information about Doja Cat and showcases the official YouTube video of for her song "Vegas"*. 

This pancocojams post also includes two online excerpts about Doja Cat's song "Vegas".

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Thanks to Doja Cat for her musical accomplishments. Thanks to all those who are associated with this song and this video. 

RIP to singer/actress Shonka Dukureh who portrayed Big Mama Thornton in the movie "Elvis", who is sampled in Doja Cat's song "Vegas", and who appears in the official YouTube video of that song. Shonka Dukureh (age 44 years) died of natural causes on July 22, 2022
Click for the closely related pancocojams post entitled Big Mama Thornton's Rhythm & Blues Song "Hound Dog" And Elvis Presley's Rock 'N Roll Song "Hound Dog" (YouTube videos & article excerpts).
WARNING - Doja Cat's song "Vegas"  includes references that may be considered risqué (sexually suggestive).  YouTube features several sound files of 
Doja Cat's song "Vegas" as "clean lyrics". This indicates that some people believe that this song includes lyrics that are "dirty". 

In addition, the official video of Doja Cat's "Vegas" includes what I consider to be sexually suggestive dancing.

Source #1
"Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), known professionally as Doja Cat (…DOH-jə), is an American rapper and singer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began making and releasing music on SoundCloud as a teenager


Described by The Wall Street Journal as "a skilled technical rapper with a strong melodic sense and a bold visual presence",[1] Doja Cat is known for creating music videos and songs that achieve popularity on social media websites such as TikTok. She is also well-versed in internet culture herself, and is famed for her absurdly humorous personality and online presence.[2][3][4][5] Doja Cat has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including one Grammy Award from sixteen nominations, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and three MTV Video Music Awards.


Stage name and persona

As a teenager in 2012, Doja Cat gained her stage name from one of her cats as well as her favorite strain of marijuana, stating, "I was heavily addicted to weed and weed culture, so when I began rapping I thought of the word 'doja' and how it sounds like a girl's name."*[10] She has since expressed slight disdain towards the name and the persona that it carries, stating in November 2021 that "my image was the pothead hippie girl, and I'm not that."[41]

Musical style and themes

Doja Cat's music has been described as hip hop,[187][191] pop,[9] R&B,[191] and pop rap.[195] …

Source #2
From Doja Cat Almost Worked With Billie Eilish, Doesn’t Need to Work With Dr. Luke Again, and 11 Other Things You Didn’t Know About Her" by EJ Dickson, December 16, 2021
..."She’s not a huge fan of her stage name. Doja’s stage name derives from both her love of felines (she has two, Alex and Ray) and a marijuana strain (she has since quit smoking weed). But she says she doesn’t love her name, and has in fact tried to change it a few times over the years. An old manager convinced her not to. “My image was the pothead hippie girl, and I’m not that,” she says. “[SNL] made a joke the other day that Doja Cat sounds like a Pokémon. And, you know, it didn’t hurt my feelings, but it definitely hurt my feelings.” "…

"  "Vegas" is a song by American rapper and singer Doja Cat. It was released through Kemosabe Records and RCA Records as the lead single from the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, Elvis, on May 6, 2022.[1] The song was produced by Rogét Chahayed and Yeti Beats. It interpolates a sample of Shonka Dukureh's recording of the song "Hound Dog", which was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, first recorded by Big Mama Thornton (who Dukureh plays in the film) in 1952 and notably covered by Presley.[2] The official music video for the song was released on June 2, 2022.[3]


The song's lyrics refer to a man who was an "underwhelming lover"[4] whom Doja Cat feels "never deserved her attention".[5]


Commercial performance

"Vegas" peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Doja's seventh top-ten single. The song also reached number one on the Pop Songs chart, making it the first solo soundtrack song to reach the top of that chart since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" in 2016. It also makes her the artist with the most number ones on Pop Songs this decade among women.[7]



Amala Dlamini, Rogét Chahayed, David Sprecher, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller”
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote the 1952 Rhythm & Blues song "Hound Dog". That song  was first performed by Big Mama Thornton in 1953. "It ["Hound Dog"] was simultaneously number one on the US pop, country, and R&B charts in 1956, and it topped the pop chart for 11 weeks — a record that stood for 36 years."

Click for the complete lyrics to Doja Cat's song "Vegas". 

From "The Complicated History of ‘Hound Dog’ Converges in Doja Cat’s ‘Vegas’" by Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, July 28, 2022

But if you’re hearing a lot more “Hound Dog” these days, you might look to Doja Cat’s hit song “Vegas,” which updates — and interpolates — one of Elvis’s signature songs for contemporary listeners. But what the Doja Cat version actually samples is the original Big Mama Thornton rendition from 1953.

Presley is frequently said to have stolen Thornton’s song, which was written by acclaimed songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (whose credits include Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock”). Thornton’s is a sauntering blues song with a raunchy tale about a two-timing man; Presley’s take features tepid lyrics about an actual dog, radically changing the groove.

But in an interview last month with Rolling Stone, Stoller said Presley didn’t steal the song at all. (A number of lawsuits swirled around the record — “Hound Dog” is often cited as one of the most litigated songs in history.) Rather, he adapted one of its many covers — specifically, the version performed by the Las Vegas lounge act Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, whose “Hound Dog” borrows its upbeat rhythm from yet another cover,” Rufus Thomas’s “Bear Cat.” It has a similar rhythm to the one we hear on the contemporary Doja Cat version, “Vegas,” which heavily features samples of Thornton’s vocals — as performed by the late Shonka Dukureh, who portrays Thornton in the film. Listening closely reveals a song that synthesizes the complicated musical history of “Hound Dog” by uniting the best parts of its many versions.

Listen to the latest episode of Switched On Pop as hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding dig into the long legacy of “Hound Dog” and all its echoes through time.

[A sound file of this podcast is given in this article.]

Songs Discussed [in that podcast] 

➼Big Mama Thornton: “Hound Dog”

➼Elvis Presley: “Hound Dog”

➼Doja Cat: “Vegas”

➼Rufus Thomas: “Bear Cat”

➼TLC: “No Scrubs”

➼Jack Harlow: “Dua Lipa””…
The words given in brackets are written by me for explanatory purposes. 

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