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Tarzana, California, U.S.Genres R&BOccupation(s)
Years active 2014–presentLabels RCAWebsite www.dojacat.com
Amalaratna "Amala" Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995) known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer currently based in Los Angeles.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 2.1 2013-2017: Commercial success, Purrr!, and collaborations
- 2.2 2018-present: Amala and "Mooo!"
- 3 Discography
- 3.1 Studio albums
- 3.2 EPs
- 3.3 Singles
- 3.4 As featured artist
- 3.5 Promotional singles
- 3.6 Other appearances
- 4 References
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 dance 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.
Career 2013-2017: Commercial success, 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 (Season 1, Episode 3). "No Police" was released as the second single from her debut EP.
Doja Cat 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 put 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 set to be 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 accompanied music video released the same day on her YouTube channel. As of September 2018, the music video has 4.97 millions views. On March 30, 2018, Doja Cat's her first full-length debut studio album Amala was released.
On August 10, 2018, Doja Cat released a song titled "Mooo!" on YouTube. The song quickly became a viral music video, due to the fact that many turned the song into a meme. The music video gathered attention from well known artists such as: Chance the Rapper, Chris Brown, and many more.. The music video currently has over 16 million views on YouTube. On August 31, 2018, she released a single version of her viral video "Mooo!".
Discography Studio albums List of albums Title Album details Amala
- Released: March 30, 2018
- Format: CD, digital download
- Label: Kemosabe
EPs List of extended playlists Title Album details Purrr!
- Released: August 5, 2014
- Format: CD, digital download
- Label: Kemosabe
Singles As a lead artist 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!" Non-album single As featured artist List of singles as featured artist Title Year Album "Right Side"
(L8LOOMER featuring Doja Cat) 2017 Soulm8s Promotional singles Title Year Album "Trauma" 2015 Non-album single "Casual" 2016 Amala "Candy" "brooklyn baby"
(frumhere featuring Doja Cat) 2017 Non-album single Other appearances Year Title Other artist(s) Album 2014 "Purple Light" Elliphant One More 2015 "Lord Cooler" Hellbaby The Art of Dying "Waffle House" "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 References
- ^ "Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, Born 10/21/1995 in California | CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
- ^ 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
- ^ "Doja Cat, La Nouvelle Sensation Hip-Hop/Soul", Ninkimag, retrieved 26 March 2018
- ^ "Who Is Doja Cat?, deecompress, 8 March 2016, retrieved 26 March 2018
- ^ David Turner, "LA Singer Doja Cat Drops Her New EP Purrr!", The Fader, 5 August 2014, retrieved 24 March 2018
- ^ Adelle Platon, "Premiere: Doja Cat 'So High' Video", Vibe, 25 March 2014, retrieved 24 March 2018
- ^ "Doja Cat Talks the Viral Success of 'Mooo,' Getting a Chance the Rapper Co-Sign & Lessons Learned From Debut LP 'Amala'", Billboard, 15 August 2018, retrieved 17 August 2018
- ^ "Amala by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
- ^ "Purrr! by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
- ^ "Mooo! by Doja Cat on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
- ^ "Purple Light (feat. Doja Cat) – Single by Elliphant". Apple Music. October 14, 2014.
- ^ a b "The Art of Dying – Album by Hellbaby". Apple Music. September 22, 2015.
- ^ "Sincerest Apologies – Album by Skoolie Escobar". Apple Music. October 19, 2015.
- ^ "1st Trimester – Album by Pregnant Boy". Apple Music. 2016.
- ^ ""20 Below" (feat. Anderson .Paak & Doja Cat)– Single by Sam Spiegel". Apple Music. May 18, 2018.