Kat Dahlia

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Kat Dahlia
Birth name Katriana Huguet[1]
Also known as Kat Hue
Born (1990-07-29) July 29, 1990 (age 23)[2]
Miami, Florida, United States
Origin Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Genres Latin pop, hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Vested in Culture, Epic
Website www.katdahlia.com

Katriana Huguet (born July 29, 1990), better known by her stage name Kat Dahlia, is a Cuban-American recording artist from Miami, Florida. Dhalia, a singer-songwriter and rapper, is known for her "razor sharp" lyrics and her "unique, aggressive flow".[3][4][5] She released her debut single "Gangsta", in March 2013. Dahlia is set to release her debut studio album My Garden, in September 2014, with Vested in Culture and Epic Records, the latter of which she secured a recording contract with in 2012. In 2013, Dahlia ranked #14 on Billboard's "Next Big Sound".[6]

Early life[edit]

Dahlia was raised by Cuban-born parents in Miami Beach, Florida, and began rapping at the age of eight and writing songs at fifteen, ripping instrumentals from YouTube, in lieu of a band.[7] At eighteen, after saving money from jobs as a waitress, Dahlia decided to leave Miami, and moved to New York City a month later, "on a whim."[4][8] Shortly thereafter, Dahlia became involved in what she describes as a "toxic relationship," which she would later come to regard as a source of inspiration and "writer's gold."[9]

Career[edit]

After self-financing an extended play (EP) and a music video, Dahlia was discovered by Vested In Culture VP of A&R Amanda Berkowitz. Berkowitz quickly brought Dahlia to the attention of veteran record executive Sylvia Rhone.[10] In 2012, describing Dahlia as "more than just a pop artist," Rhone signed her to her newly launched label, Vested In Culture (VIC), a joint venture with Epic Records. Dahlia's debut album is set to come out in 2014, and will be VIC's inaugural release.[11][12][13]

Dahlia's first single and video for VIC, was the track "Gangsta", which MTV called "filled to the brim with fierce rapping". The video, filmed in Miami, reflects the difficulties of her earlier life.[14] The video was directed by Samantha Lecca[1] and premiered via Vevo, on March 5, 2013.[15] Also in March, Dahlia was selected as a BET "Music Matters" artist.[16]

Dahlia digitally released three songs, "Gangsta", "Money Party", and "Mirror" on March 5, 2013. On December 17, 2013, she released her song "Crazy" for free on her website. Her debut My Garden will be released in September 2014, featuring production by Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Salaam Remi, among others.[1]

Artistry[edit]

Dahlia's musical style has been described as being "razor sharp" lyrics and her unique, aggressive flow.[4][5] Dahlia cites artists BB King, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, and Celia Cruz as musical influences. Also, in interviews, Dahlia has mentioned that legendary Reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley, has had a great influence on her musical style. She has said: “I listened to a lot of Bob Marley, especially down here. I used to go to Purdy Lounge on Monday night, they always had reggae bands. Reggae is just everywhere down here, dancehall is everywhere in the clubs. It’s not only playing Hip Hop.”[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
My Garden
  • Release date: September 2014
  • Label: Vested in Culture, Epic Records
  • Format: CD, Digital download

EPs[edit]

Title Details
Gangsta[18]
  • Released: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Vested in Culture, Epic Records
  • Format: Digital download
Seeds: Mixtape[19]

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B
"Gangsta"[21] 2013 My Garden
"Crazy"[22] 2014
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, was not released in that territory, or did not receive certification.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Ain't Seen A Thing" 2014 Hardships And Humiliation Decon Chrome

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
"Devil's Command" 2013 Edwin Escobar
"Gangsta" Samantha Lecca
"Happy and I Know It" 2014 X Marlon Santini
"The High" Garcia
"Crazy" Rankin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Life Through the Mic: The Kat Dahlia Interview
  2. ^ @KatDahlia (Verified Account)
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.com/artists/kat-dahlia/biography/
  4. ^ a b c "Kat Dahlia Talks Musical Beginnings and Working With Sylvia Rhone", Vibe, January 26, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013
  5. ^ a b "Gangsta". December 12, 2012. XXL. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kat Dahlia - Chart history". Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Medina, Loren. "Introducing Kat Dahlia". March 8, 2013. Corriete Latina. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kat Dahlia Interview With Vibe TV". March 13, 2013. Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Gonzales, Nicole. "New Artist Kat Dahlia". February 28, 2013. Latin Recap. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kat Dahlia's Gangsta Video". March 5, 2013. Broadway World. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Sylvia Rhone Talks Vested In Culture". February 5, 2013. Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2013) "Kat Dahlia Is Prepping 'Swaggy' Follow-Up To 'Gangsta'", MTV, January 31, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013
  13. ^ "Sylvia Rhone Announces Joint Venture". January 30, 2013. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Buzzworthy". March 5, 2013. MTV. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kat's Gangsta". March 5, 2013. The 305. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "BET Music Matters". March 3, 2013. BET. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.latinrapper.com/kat-dahlia-interview-4-23-2013.html
  18. ^ "Kat Dahlia - Gangsta". Amazon.com. 
  19. ^ "Kat Dahlia To Release 5 Song EP "Seeds"". Epic.com. 
  20. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2013/11/21/new-mixtape-kat-dahlia-seeds/
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gangsta-single/id607242787
  22. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crazy-single/id816441951

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