Thursday, August 04, 2022

Post Malone & Doja Cat Share A Summer-Ready Fling on ‘I Like You (A Happier Song)’

Amidst a slew of contenders for song of the summer, Post Malone contributes a charming effort with ‘I Like You (A Happier Song).’

This is the third single off his latest album ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’, featuring the likes of The Weeknd, Roddy Rich and The Kid Laroi. This time around, he enlists the vivacious stylings of Doja Cat for one of the year’s most infectious tunes to soundtrack the summer of 2022.  

Powered by a light hip-hop/pop-fused beat with a bounce that could reanimate the dead, ‘I Like You’ is hardly the endearing love story of two lovers chasing their happily ever after, but rather a cheeky dismissal of conventional romance and an ode to enjoying the fun of a ‘No Strings Attached’ arrangement, celebrating the honeymoon period one normally relishes in before reality sets in. This hardly interferes with the track’s light-hearted and breezy execution though. 

Half the fun and personality of the song lies in its witty and eye roll-inducing (in a good way, of course) lyricism, where Doja confuses anyone born after 2000 with the line “I could be your Chaka, where Rufus at?”, or Post’s ever-so-charming line “Your heart’s so big but that ass is huge” that rightly deserves to be plastered over anniversary and Valentine's Day cards for years to come. 

For such an unconventional pairing, Post and Doja mesh immensely well together, something that should come as no surprise as both artists have wildly colourful personalities. Post raps with a soft and suave edge – his vocals are always a distinct feature of his, but alongside Doja’s mellow, smooth and charismatic delivery, the end result is an engrossing display of breezy goofiness. 

Even in its supporting visual, the chemistry between the two is undeniable with Post finding artistic inspiration through Doja who fabulously plays his nude, flower-covered muse, intercut with various couples of all ages and sexuality – it's an adorable statement that only exemplifies the song’s delightfully light appeal.  

Above anything else, ‘I Like You’ is a fun and carefree bop fitting in perfectly with the sound of 2022’s summer. Un-needing of heavy deconstruction or critique, its existence is a welcome one, uplifting with its gentle yet bouncy beat, fun wordplay and personality. An unexpected pairing between Post and Doja, yet one that delivers absolute charm and magic. 


Bradley Irish 
Image: ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’ Official Album Cover


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