Doja Cat

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Doja Cat
Birth nameAmala Zandile Dlamini
Born (1995-10-21) October 21, 1995 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • record producer
Years active2013–present
LabelsRCA
Websitewww.dojacat.com

Amala Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995),[2] known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Based in Los Angeles, she signed a recording contract with RCA Records in 2014, subsequently releasing her debut extended play, Purrr!, and a series of singles, including "Go To Town", "So High” and "Tia Tamera". Doja Cat rose to prominence in 2018 with her single "Mooo!", which became a viral success on YouTube.[3]

Doja Cat released her debut studio album, Amala, in 2018 and a deluxe repackage in 2019.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Amala comes from an artistic family. Her father, Dumisani Dlamini, is a South African actor, composer and film producer best known for Sarafina![5] Her Jewish-American mother, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, is a painter, and her grandmother was an artist as well. She studied piano and danced as a child and teenager. The rap her brother listened to motivated her to develop her writing and rapping skills. She is noted to be inspired by Erykah Badu, Pharrell, Jamiroquai, PartyNextDoor, and Drake, as well as Indian culture, Hinduism, and Japanese culture.[6][7]

Career[edit]

2013–2017: Purrr! and collaborations[edit]

Doja Cat released her debut single "So High" in 2013, coming to prominence in March 2014 when she signed to RCA Records and released her debut EP, Purrr! (described as "spacey, eastern-influenced R&B" by The Fader).[8] Premiering the video for the single "So High", Vibe described her as an "18-year-old psychedelic prodigy".[9] The song was featured on the Empire soundtrack, on the third episode of the first season. "No Police" was released as the second single from Purrr!. She started releasing more music on SoundCloud and YouTube as she started gaining more attention. She had also started collaborating with other artists, such as Elliphant, Hellboy, Skoolie Escobar, Pregnant Boy, and frumhere. On July 13, 2017, Doja Cat was featured on L8LOOMER's single "Right Side". The song was then featured on L8LOOMER's debut album Soulm8s in 2018.

2018–present: Amala and "Mooo!"[edit]

On February 1, 2018, she released the single "Roll with Us", which was dubbed as the debut single off her debut studio album. On March 9, 2018, she released the second single from her upcoming album, "Go to Town", with an accompanying music video released the same day on her YouTube channel. As of May 2019, the music video has reached 14 millions views on the platform. On March 30, 2018, Doja Cat's first full-length debut studio album Amala was released.

On August 10, 2018, Doja Cat released a song titled "Mooo!" on YouTube. The single is a novelty song with absurdist lyrics where she fantasizes about being a cow.[10] Made with the intention of doubling as a meme, the song quickly became a viral music video. The video gathered attention and praise from popular artists such as Chance the Rapper, Katy Perry and Chris Brown.[11] On August 31, she released the single version of "Mooo!". It inspired several jokes and memes while the accompanying music video acquired over 45 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on August 10.[10][12]

In February 2019, Doja Cat released her single "Tia Tamera" featuring Rico Nasty, which is the leading single to her deluxe edition of her debut album Amala. The following month, she was featured on the hit YouTube channel COLORS with a performance of "Juicy", a song taken from the repackage of the album.

Controversy[edit]

In September 2018, Doja Cat sparked controversy on social media when her Twitter account history revealed the usage of homophobic slurs. In a tweet dating back to 2015, Doja Cat used the word "faggot" to describe hip-hop artists Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, members of the musical collective Odd Future.[12] Doja Cat initially defended her past homophobic remarks. She stated, "I called a couple people faggots when I was in high school in 2015 does this mean I don't deserve support? I've said faggot roughly like 15 thousand times in my life. Does saying faggot mean you hate gay people? I don't think I hate gay people. Gay is ok."[13] Her response was met by even more backlash, including a critical tweet from Will and Grace actress Debra Messing.[14] In her statement, Messing expressed disappointment with Doja for defending past ignorance and implored her to use her fame and platform for good. Doja Cat has since issued a series of apologies for her derogatory words and deleted her tweets.[13] This led to "collective outrage" on social media, with calls for cancelling support for her work.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Amala

EPs[edit]

List of extended playlists
Title EP details
Purrr!
  • Released: August 5, 2014[17]
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label:SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"So High" 2014 Purrr!
"No Police"
"Roll With Us" 2016 Amala
"Go To Town" 2018
"Mooo!" [18]
"Tia Tamera"
(with Rico Nasty)
2019
"Juicy"

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Right Side"
(L8LOOMER featuring Doja Cat)
2017 Soulm8s

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Trauma" 2015 Non-album single
"Casual" 2016 Amala
"Candy"

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2014 "Purple Light"[19] Elliphant One More
2015 "Lord Cooler"[20] Hellbaby The Art of Dying
"Waffle House"[20]
"In My Feelings"[21] Skoolie Escobar Sincerest Apologies
2016 "The Wave"[22] Pregnant Boy & Left Brain 1st Trimester
2018 "20 Below"[23] Sam Spiegel & Anderson .Paak Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vibe (2014-03-25). "Premiere: Doja Cat 'So High' Video". Vibe. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. ^ "Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, Born 10/21/1995 in California | CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ "The 10 Best Music Videos of 2018". www.vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  4. ^ "Doja Cat Shares a Deluxe Version of 'Amala'". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  5. ^ Chrizelda Kekana, "Dumisani Dlamini's daughter is flying the flag high in the States", The Sunday Times/TimesLIVE (South Africa), 25 October 2017, retrieved 26 March 2018
  6. ^ "Doja Cat, La Nouvelle Sensation Hip-Hop/Soul", Ninkimag, retrieved 26 March 2018
  7. ^ "Who Is Doja Cat?, deecompress, 8 March 2016, retrieved 26 March 2018
  8. ^ David Turner, "LA Singer Doja Cat Drops Her New EP Purrr!", The Fader, 5 August 2014, retrieved 24 March 2018
  9. ^ Adelle Platon, "Premiere: Doja Cat 'So High' Video", Vibe, 25 March 2014, retrieved 24 March 2018
  10. ^ a b Ritzen, Stacey (2018-08-29). "Doja Cat Of 'I'm A Cow' Fame Tries To Defend Homophobic Comments In Bad Tweet". Daily Dot. Complex Media. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  11. ^ "Doja Cat Talks the Viral Success of 'Mooo,' Getting a Chance the Rapper Co-Sign & Lessons Learned From Debut LP 'Amala'", Billboard, August 15, 2018, retrieved August 17, 2018
  12. ^ a b Peters, Micah (2018-09-03). "The Rapid Rise and Fall of Doja Cat in the Era of "Cancel" Culture". The Ringer. The Ringer. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  13. ^ a b Bote, Joshua (2018-08-29). "Doja Cat Comes Under Fire for Defending Homophobic Language in Tweet". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ Montgomery, Sarah Jasmine (2018-08-29). "Doja Cat Criticized Over Attempt to Explain Her Past Use of a Homophobic Slur". Complex. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  15. ^ Smith-Strickland, Stephanie (6 September 2018). "Why Cancel Culture Doesn't Work". www.papermag.com. Paper. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Amala by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Purrr! by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Mooo! by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Purple Light (feat. Doja Cat) – Single by Elliphant". Apple Music. October 14, 2014.
  20. ^ a b "The Art of Dying – Album by Hellbaby". Apple Music. September 22, 2015.
  21. ^ "Sincerest Apologies – Album by Skoolie Escobar". Apple Music. October 19, 2015.
  22. ^ "1st Trimester – Album by Pregnant Boy". Apple Music. 2016.
  23. ^ ""20 Below" (feat. Anderson .Paak & Doja Cat)– Single by Sam Spiegel". Apple Music. May 18, 2018.