Doja Cat, Vegas: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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Vegas is the song released in May 2022 by the American rapper Doja Cat. It is part of the soundtrack of the highly anticipated film Elvis, which will tell the story of Elvis Presley following the success that this format had some time earlier with Bohemian Rhapsody. Doja Cat manages to incorporate the title of one of Elvis Presley’s most famous songs, Hound Dog” into the lyrics of her single. But she builds a whole new meaning around those words.

Find here the official trailer of the Elvis movie, while below is the official video of the song by Doja Cat. Let’s see together the translation and the meaning of the lyrics.

Watch this video on YouTube.

The translation and meaning of the lyrics

“Hound Dog” is the way the rapper names the man she is addressing, accusing him of being a fraud, a half man. “Vegas”, instead, takes up the American motto that says “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, meaning that all the sins that take place in that city are private and nobody will know about them. On the contrary, Doja Cat reminds the man that “This ain’t stayin’ in Vegas”, and that everything he has done to her will be revealed, because people need to know what kind of man he is. And the rapper becomes menacing in the second part of the lyrics, under the image of the bad rapper who can take revenge in a dangerous way.

The lyrics of the song contain multiple idioms of urban rap slang. You can find the full lyrics below.

Dog, player, ah, get it
Fraud, player, ah, get it
I understand, I understand
You ain’t the man, you ain’t a man
(You ain’t nothing but a)
Hound dog, hound dog, hound dog
(You ain’t nothing but a)

Player getting valeted around in that ho whip
Two fingers up, one down on my toes ten
Flewed out, my boobs out, put a cork in it
Love it when you be cryin’ out when I’m corseted
I don’t think you gon’ make it
Do not let me start ragin’
I’m losin’ my patience
This ain’t stayin’ in Vegas (you ain’t nothing but a)
There’s more sides to the story, I’ma tell everybody
Had your a – sittin’ courtside with your arm around me
Had your a – sittin’ first class
With your burnt a – out in Abu Dhabi
Could’ve been what we should’ve been
But you lost a bet, now you gotta find me
Find a seat
I ain’t playin’ this hide and seek
High school when you finally peaked
Hound dog, come find a treat
I’m a bad b* *h but (you ain’t nothing but a)

Dog, player, ah, get it
Fraud, player, ah, get it
I understand, I understand
You ain’t the man, you ain’t a man
(You ain’t nothing but a)
Hound dog, hound dog, hound dog

Yeah, yeah, said (you ain’t nothing but a)
I get it, I know you got some other- you wanted
I get it, you needed someone that could prove you wrong
So I reckon, you leave all of your problems at the door
To my city, you gon’ need to tell my brothers where you from
And I admit it, I still got empathy
And you gon’ feel it for two weeks
When I release you in them streets (you ain’t nothing but a)
And keep my nina in discrete
Keep the clean in my Jeep
And put that Yeezy in your teeth
Let my demons off they leashes
If you even think to speak
I’ma give a whole new meaning
When you said you live in a dream
We can keep that- asleep
And you gon’ laugh with all your G’s
Countin’ them sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
Talkin’ ’bout Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z, R-I-P (you ain’t nothing but a)

Dog, player, ah, get it
Fraud, player, ah, get it
I understand, I understand
You ain’t the man, you ain’t a man
(You ain’t nothing but a)
Hound dog, hound dog, hound dog

Dog, player, ah, get it
Fraud, player, ah, get it
I understand, I understand
You ain’t the man, you ain’t a man
(You ain’t nothing but a)
Hound dog, hound dog, hound dog