Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Doja Cat ft. Rico Nasty – Tia Tamera

The most pressing question of our time: which Sister Sister theme is the best?


Danilo Bortoli: As far as joke tracks go, nothing beats a line like “bitch, I’m a cow” while, also, interpolating a Kelis reference. Surprisingly, “Tia Tamera” is more song than joke and even more playful than “Mooo!” — even when it is comparing boobs to, say, the twins from Twitches — mainly because its title is merely a subplot for the real action happening: this is a self-congratulatory victory lap, made absurd by its aesthetics, but it never gets consumed by it. And because it is so absurdist, it comes off as strangely wholesome — even, again, when it attempts to rhyme “Sia” with “diarrhea.” Amazing.

Nortey Dowuona: Doja builds a maelstrom around Rico while Tia and Tamera patiently build the sets on The Real with their magic.

Alfred Soto: I hear an awesome, vulgar track at its roots, but its plod does the rhymes no favors — I don’t wanna hear about Sia, thank you. 

Joshua Minsoo Kim: I kept listening to this in my car, and the dings sound just like the noise that accompanies any warning lights. This connection made “Tia Tamera” even more thrilling for me because of the milliseconds of panic that ensued. Doja Cat’s right at home with this more aggressive style of rapping, and it has the added benefit of making Rico Nasty seem less gimmicky. They go well together: Sister, Sister proves an apt point of reference.

David Moore: I suppose this counts as restraint for Doja Cat, being merely silly when she can do better both comedically (“MOOOO!”) and filthily (everything?) so my judgment mostly comes down to how’s Rico Nasty (pretty good) and would this have been better as an Instagram video? (Yes.)

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: “Tia Tamera” pulverizes the concept of subtlety with every beat, letting its paired co-stars immerse you in an endless stream of 90s references and sex jokes. Rico comes out ahead — the collaboration’s winning atmosphere lets her mellow her high-energy style slightly, allowing for her charm to shine through even more.

Iris Xie: This song is the definition of “weird flex, but okay.” Everything about this — song and video — mashes rigidly self-aware references to 2010s meme culture and nostalgia for ’90s and early ’00s Black American pop culture. After a while, “Tia Tamera” just sounds like a series of Wikipedia articles I read in a fever rush of nostalgia, and the chorus sounds more like a joke than a banger. In the course of working on this blurb, I have also googled and discovered things about Tia and Tamera Mowry that I seriously do not want to remember, so, props?

Ramzi Awn: Doja wastes no time getting her brand across, and it works. Tia and Tamera inspire good faith, and even Rico Nasty seems to get in on the fun. Above all else, the single features just the right level of giving a shit, and that goes a long way. 

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