Last year, Doja Cat’s song “Say So” was the basis for a viral dance challenge on TikTok, and seeing as how the Grammy-nominated artist rose to fame on the internet first, she made sure to pay homage to her humble beginnings by incorporating the dance challenge in the “Say So” music video when it was released. She even cast the TikTok user who originated the challenge in her music video!
Now, the songstress has done it again with the music video for “Streets.” If you think she doesn’t know this song is also a TikTok challenge, our only response can be: how dare you?
Even though “Streets” as a song came out in 2019 on her album Hot Pink, it had a resurgence earlier this year with the TikTok “Silhouette” challenge. Even actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish got in on the fun with her man Common.
We know that Doja Cat always listens to her fans, so the opening images from her video that just dropped yesterday are of course paying homage to her TikTok stans.
In the opening scene, Queen Sugar actor Kofi Siriboe is playing a taxi driver caught in traffic. As he stares off into space, he sees a shop window with Doja Cat inside as a mannequin while Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” plays in the background.
Suddenly, his imagination comes to life, and Doja does too, as she is bathed in red light and pulls him into her web of sin. We mean that literally, because in a subsequent scene, she is literally a spider, scaling the side of a building, as Siriboe is caught in her massive web.
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In another wild scene, she is dressed as a 1950s housewife, lounging around with a mannequin husband in a period house. We then realize she’s on a nuclear testing site, and everything goes up in flames.
The video, directed by Christian Breslauer, only dropped yesterday and already is a top trending video on YouTube. Fans are hailing the video as pure genius and uber-meta.
Doja Cat clearly is keeping busy during the pandemic because this music video comes barely two months after her last music video with Saweetie, “Best Friend.”
It’s easy to see why she is nominated for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. She’ll also be performing at the ceremony, which was pushed back due to the pandemic to this Sunday. Seriously, what could she do next?
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