|Birth name||Amala Zandile Dlamini|
|Born||October 21, 1995|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Amala Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), 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.
Early life and education
Amala comes from an artistic family. Her father, Dumisani Dlamini, is a South African actor, composer and film producer best known for Sarafina! 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.
2013–2017: Purrr! and collaborations
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). Premiering the video for the single "So High", Vibe described her as an "18-year-old psychedelic prodigy". 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!"
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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." Her response was met by even more backlash, including a critical tweet from Will and Grace actress Debra Messing. 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. This led to "collective outrage" on social media, with calls for cancelling support for her work.
As a lead artist
|"Roll With Us"||2016||Amala|
|"Go To Town"||2018|
(with Rico Nasty)
As featured artist
(L8LOOMER featuring Doja Cat)
|2014||"Purple Light"||Elliphant||One More|
|2015||"Lord Cooler"||Hellbaby||The Art of Dying|
|"In My Feelings"||Skoolie Escobar||Sincerest Apologies|
|2016||"The Wave"||Pregnant Boy & Left Brain||1st Trimester|
|2018||"20 Below"||Sam Spiegel & Anderson .Paak||Non-album single|
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