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Saweetie
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Saweetie in 2020
Born
Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper

(1993-07-02) July 2, 1993 (age 27)
EducationMonterey Trail High School
Alma materSan Diego State University
University of Southern California (BA)
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present
Partner(s)Quavo (2018–present)
RelativesGabrielle Union (cousin)
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Labels
Websitesaweetieofficial.com

Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper[1] (born July 2, 1993),[2] known professionally as Saweetie (/səˈwti/),[3] is an American rapper and songwriter. After the release of her debut single "Icy Grl", she was signed to Warner Records and her manager Max Gousse's record label Artistry Worldwide. She released her debut extended play, High Maintenance on March 16, 2018. Her second EP, Icy was released in March 2019, and spawned the top 40 single "My Type". Her debut album, Pretty Bitch Music is expected to be released in 2021 and was preceded by the single "Tap In".

Early life and education

Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper was born on July 2, 1993 in Hayward, California to Trinidad Valentin, her Filipina-Chinese mother and Johnny Harper, her African-American father.[4][5][6] She grew up in the Central Valley, attending Merrill F. West High School in Tracy and graduating from Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove.[7][8][9][10] She began writing music at age 13. After high school, she went on to attend San Diego State University, where she studied communications and business before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she completed her degree and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in communications.[11] After graduating, she began to focus on her rap career.[12][13][9]

Career

2016-2018: High Maintenance

Saweetie began posting short raps on her Instagram account in 2016. One video featured her rapping over the beat from Khia's "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)", which would eventually turn into "Icy Grl".[7][9] The song was released on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017, and brought her to the attention of Max Gousse, a well-known producer and A&R executive, who became her manager.[14][15][9] The video for the song went viral on the Internet and went on to accrue 100 million views on YouTube as of June 2020.[12][9]

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.[15][9] In October 2017, she released a video for her song, "Focus", which samples DRAM's "Gilligan".[16]

In January 2018, she was named Tidal's Artist of the Week and one of Pigeons & Planes' Best New Artists of the Month.[17] During Super Bowl LII in February 2018, she was featured in an ad for Rihanna's cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty.[18] That month, she signed to Warner Bros. Records (since May 2019 Warner Records) and her manager Max Gousse's record label Artistry Worldwide.[12][19][20]

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.[9]

Saweetie released her major label debut EP, High Maintenance, on March 16, 2018. It is composed of nine tracks and was produced by CashMoneyAP, Nyrell, and Saweetie's cousin, Zaytoven.[21][22][23] The single, "Icy Girl" was certified Gold in June 2018, for sales of 500,000 in the US.[24] It was certified platinum in September 2019.[25]

2019–present: Icy and Pretty Bitch Music

Saweetie released her second major label EP, Icy, on March 29, 2019. The EP's first single, "My Type", written by Saweetie and produced by London on da Track, samples "Freek-a-Leek" by Petey Pablo. Debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 81, It was the first song of Saweetie's to enter the Hot 100.[26] "My Type" later peaked at number 21, becoming Saweetie's first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.[27] A remix of the song featuring Jhené Aiko and City Girls was released on August 23, 2019.[28] In September 2019, "My Type" hit number 1 on the Rhythmic Radio charts, and was later certified double platinum in the United States.[25][29]

Saweetie collaborated with PrettyLittleThing to launch a 59-piece clothing collection, PrettyLittleThing x Saweetie, in September 2019. She said the theme of the capsule was "a boujie rich girl enjoying the finer things in life. I want to show the boys and girls that if you hustle hard your work will pay off."[30] It debuted during New York Fashion Week.[31]

Saweetie appeared on Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out as a guest performer, where she performed her single, "My Type" which aired on VH1 on January 28, 2020.

Saweetie released the lead single, "Tap In", from her upcoming debut album titled Pretty Bitch Music on June 20, 2020.[32] The single peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her first song to enter the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 38. This was followed by the promotional single, "Pretty Bitch Freestyle", on July 2, 2020.[33]

On July 31, 2020, Saweetie appeared alongside American rapper Tay Money on the song "Bussin 2.0", with a music video premiering the same day.[34] On August 6, 2020, Saweetie was featured on Ava Max's song, "Kings & Queens, Pt. 2", alongside Lauv.

On October 23, 2020, she released "Back to the Streets" featuring Jhené Aiko, which serves as the second single from Pretty Bitch Music.[35] The album's third single, "Best Friend" featuring Doja Cat, was released on January 7, 2021.[36]

Personal life

Saweetie has been in a relationship with rapper Quavo since 2018.[37]

She is the cousin of actress Gabrielle Union.[38] Her grandfather, Willie Harper, played football for the San Francisco 49ers.[39] She is a fan of the Sacramento Kings basketball team.[40]

Discography

References

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  2. ^ "The Birth Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper". California Birth Index. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "GirlWithNoJob, Saweetie, & Cipha Sounds | You Don't Deserve to Be Verified! | #podSessions 1". YouTube. January 23, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
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