Saweetie

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Saweetie
Saweetie in a car (cropped).jpg
Saweetie in 2018
Born
Diamonté Harper

(1993-07-02) July 2, 1993 (age 26)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
RelativesGabrielle Union (cousin)
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitesaweetieofficial.com

Diamonté Harper (born July 2, 1993), known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. After the release of her debut single, "Icy Grl", she was signed to Warner Bros. Records in partnership with Artistry Worldwide. She released her debut extended play, High Maintenance, on March 16, 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Saweetie was born Diamonté Harper[2] on July 2, 1993, to a Filipino-Chinese mother and an African-American father.[3][4][5] She grew up largely in Hayward, California and spent much of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area but finished high school in Elk Grove, California attending Monterey Trail High School.[6][7][8][9] She began writing music at age 14. After high school, she went on to attend San Diego State University before transferring to the University of Southern California where she studied communications and business. After graduating, she began to focus on her rap career.[10][11][8]

She is the cousin of actress Gabrielle Union.[12]

Career[edit]

Saweetie began posting short raps on her Instagram account in 2016. One video featured her rapping over the beat from Khia's classic "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)", which would eventually turn into "Icy Grl".[6][8] She first released the song on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017 and later released a music video for it in October of the same year.[13][8] The visual, which went viral on the Internet, would go on to accrue seventy-nine million views on YouTube as of August 2019.[10][8]

To follow that up, Saweetie released in that same month a freestyle rap called "High Maintenance" accompanied by a short clip of herself rapping a verse to the song, all while chilling in her kitchen. It would go viral on Instagram and Twitter as well.[13][8] In October 2017, she released a video for her song, "Focus", which samples DRAM's "Gilligan".[14]

In January 2018, she was named Tidal's Artist of the Week[2] and one of Pigeons & Planes' Best New Artists of the Month.[15] During Super Bowl LII in February 2018, she was featured in an ad for Rihanna's cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty.[16] That month, she signed to Warner Bros. Records in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and her own label, Icy Records.[10][17][18]

I do a lot of covers but this is the first time I'm actually doing original content. I leave the studio and I come home wanting to listen to really myself.

— Saweetie for XXL in October 2017.[8]

Saweetie released her major label debut, High Maintenance, on March 16, 2018. It is composed of nine tracks and was produced by CashMoneyAP, Nyrell, and Saweetie's cousin, Zaytoven.[19][20][21] The single, "Icy Girl" was certified Gold in June 2018, for sales of 500,000 in the US.[22] Saweetie released her second major label EP, “Icy”, on March 29, 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Saweetie is currently dating rapper colleague Quavo since mid-2018.[23]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[24]
US
R&B/HH
Sales

[25]
US
Heat

[26]
High Maintenance 32 20
Icy
  • Released: March 29, 2019[27]
  • Label: Icy, Artistry/Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
161 50

Singles[edit]

List of singles showing year released, chart positions and album name
Title Year Peaks Certifications Album
US
[28]
US
R&B

[29]
US
Rap

[30]
US
Rhy.

[31]
"Icy Grl" 2017 [A] 16 High Maintenance
"Up Now"
(with London on da Track featuring G-Eazy and Rich the Kid)
2018 16 Non-album singles
"Pissed"
"My Type"
(solo or remix featuring City Girls and Jhené Aiko)
2019 33 13 11 8 Icy

Notes

  1. ^ "Icy Grl" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number six on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[32]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances as featured artist, with the respective artists and albums
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Expensive"[34] 2017 Zaytoven Zaytown Sorority, Vol. 2
"IDGAF" (Remix)[35] 2018 Dua Lipa IDGAF (Remixes II)
"2002" (Remix)[36] Anne-Marie, Ms. Banks 2002 (Remix EP)
"I'm That Bitch"[37] David Guetta 7
"Give It to Em" Quavo Quavo Huncho
"Stupid Things" Four of Diamonds Non-album single
"Patience" RIRI NEO
"You Come First" Zak Abel Non-album singles
"Body" Glowie
"Yuso" 2019 Kid Ink, Lil Wayne Missed Calls
"Can't Do It" Loren Gray Non-album single
"I Can't Stop Me" Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act II
"Too Much Shaft" Quavo Shaft
"No L's"[38] Hit-Boy Non-album single
"Come On"[39] City Girls, DJ Durel Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 2

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with selected details
Title Year Director(s)
"Icy Grl" 2017 Bana Bongolan & Soben Phy[40]
"Focus" Adam Small & Aramis Duran[41]
"Anti" 2018 Bana Bongolan & Soben Phy[42]
"B.A.N."
(Vertical Video)
Stephen Garnett[43][44]
"Icy Grl (Bae Mix)"
(featuring Kehlani)
"B.A.N." Sasha Samsonova[45]
"Good Good" Bana Bongolan & Soben Phy[46]
"Up Now" (with London on da Track featuring G-Eazy and Rich the Kid) Mike Ho[47]
"Stupid Things" (Four of Diamonds featuring Saweetie) Unknown
"Pissed"
(Lyric video)
Unknown
"Pissed" Christian Sutton
"You Come First" (Zak Abel featuring Saweetie) 2019 Roxana Baldovin
"Yuso" (Kid Ink featuring Lil Wayne and Saweetie) Mike Ho
"Emotional" (featuring Quavo) Christian Sesma
"My Type" (Claws Remix) Unknown[48]
"My Type" Daps[49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Platon, Adelle (January 22, 2018). "TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Saweetie". Tidal. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "TUNESDAY: Icy Cool Facts About Saweetie, Femme MC On the Rise". Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "19 Facts You Need To Know About 'ICY GRL' Rapper Saweetie". Capital XTRA. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Saweetie tells that her mother is of a Filipino descent in her freestyle rap, "High Maintenance".
  6. ^ a b Fresh, Mikey (November 8, 2017). "Interview: Saweetie Turned Her "Icy Girl" Video Into A Career Springboard". Vibe. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Williams, Marcel (November 13, 2017). "Bay Area MC Saweetie Talks "Icy Grl" & Social Media Fame". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g C.M., Emmanuel (December 1, 2017). "The Break Presents: Saweetie". XXL. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Harper, Diamonte. "Monterey Trail High School Varsity Volleyball".
  10. ^ a b c d Lyle, Ashley (February 14, 2018). "Rising MC Saweetie Talks Viral Hit 'Icy Grl,' Signing With Warner Bros. Records & the Value of Education". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Aynalem, Tali (November 26, 2017). "If You Haven't Heard These Songs, You're Sleeping". HuffPost. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mind Blown: Gabrielle Union Shares That She's Cousins With This Female Rapper, And Twitter Is Living". BET.
  13. ^ a b Template:Citetie Is "High Maintenance" And She’s An "Icy Girl"
  14. ^ Pile, Tatiana (December 21, 2017). "Saweetie Doesn't Let Anything Distract Her in "Focus" Video". XXL. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Odedina, Michelle; Corrigan, Graham; Moore, Jacob; Gardner, Alex (January 31, 2018). "Best New Artists of the Month". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  16. ^ Goddard, Kevin (February 2, 2018). "Rihanna Shares New Fenty Beauty Super Bowl Ad Starring Saweetie". HotNewHip Hop. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Kennedy, Gerrick D. (April 10, 2018). "Rising rapper Saweetie is one to watch this year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Saweetie Signs With Warner Bros. Records". Rap-Up. February 14, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  19. ^ India, Lindsey (March 7, 2018). "Saweetie Shares 'High Maintenance' EP Tracklist and Release Date". XXL. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Fresh, Mikey (March 5, 2018). "Premiere: Saweetie Reveals Tracklist For Debut EP 'High Maintenance'". Vibe. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  21. ^ Saponara, Michael (March 16, 2018). "Stream Saweetie's Debut Project 'High Maintenance': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ Mendez, Marisa. "Quavo Cops Saweetie a $75,000 Chain - XXL". XXL Mag.
  24. ^ "Top 200 Albums: August 3, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  25. ^ Peak positions in R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales:
  26. ^ "Heatseeker Albums : March 31, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2018. (subscription required)
  27. ^ "ICY by Saweetie". Apple Music. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  28. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2019-08-24
  29. ^ HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS
  30. ^ RAP SONGS
  31. ^ Peak positions for Saweetie releases in US Rhythmic:
  32. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100: April 14, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  33. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  34. ^ "Zaytown Sorority, Vol. 2 by Zaytoven on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  35. ^ "New Music: Dua Lipa feat. Saweetie - 'IDGAF (Remix)'". Retrieved July 21, 2018 – via YouTube.
  36. ^ "Anne Marie on Twitter". Twitter. August 31, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  37. ^ Bein, Kat (August 23, 2018). "David Guetta Announces '7' LP Featuring Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and More". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  38. ^ "David Guetta Announces '7' LP Featuring Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and More". HotNewHipHop. July 24, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  39. ^ "Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 2 by Quality Control". Apple Music. August 16, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  40. ^ "SAWEETIE - ICY GRL (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  41. ^ "SAWEETIE - FOCUS (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  42. ^ "Saweetie - "ANTI" (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  43. ^ "Saweetie - B.A.N. (Official Vertical Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  44. ^ "Saweetie - ICY GRL (feat. Kehlani) [Bae Mix] (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  45. ^ "Saweetie - B.A.N. (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  46. ^ "Saweetie - Good Good (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  47. ^ "Video: Saweetie x London On Da Track feat. G-Eazy & Rich the Kid - 'Up Now'". Rap-Up. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  48. ^ "Saweetie & TNT's CLAWS Team Up For MY TYPE Remix". Broadwayworld.com. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  49. ^ "Watch Saweetie's 'My Type' Video". Rap-Up. July 3, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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