Doja Cat

Biography

Doja Cat is an American singer who delves into the genres of R&B, hip-hop, and pop rap. Her musical career had a striking start, driven by her talent and bold fusion of styles in her music. She writes her own songs and produces her albums. Critics are already calling Doja Cat the new pop queen.

Childhood and Youth

Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, known by her stage name Doja Cat, was born on October 21, 1995, in Los Angeles, in a creative family with a father who was an actor in films and Broadway, and a mother who was a painter. The relationship between her parents did not last long.

Her father, Dumisani Dlamini, was from the Zulu tribe and had tried to make it in Hollywood after studying in the United States. Unfortunately, he did not achieve his dream of becoming a great actor, with his only noteworthy role being in the film Sarafina! alongside Whoopi Goldberg and John Kani.

According to the artist, she never saw her father, and he was also absent from the lives of her siblings who were spread across various cities. He had returned to his homeland and actively commented on his famous daughter’s life on social media.

Shortly after Amala’s birth, her mother took her and her older brother to her grandmother’s in a suburb of New York, where they lived for five years. Amala’s mother and grandmother were members of the Jewish community and engaged in applied arts and making decorative paintings, introducing her to many popular creative figures at a young age.

At the age of eight, her family moved to a Hindu commune in the Santa Monica mountains, where they lived for the next four years. Amala wore a headscarf and studied epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana in ancient Sanskrit. Hindu songs and dances later found their way into her music.

After moving back to California, Doja Cat took dance and vocal lessons, and learned the basics of music notation at a California music school. She enjoyed sports, skateboarding, and surfing. Her older brother was into rap and attended related events on days he wasn’t playing rugby, basketball, or soccer.

In her teens, Dlamini experimented with writing songs in the style of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and Nicki Minaj. She was also influenced by the music of Jamiroquai, Rihanna, and Amy Winehouse.

During her school years, she and her brother were often victims of racism, being among the few mixed-race children in the area. Dlamini lost interest in school and took up breakdancing, performing in professional dance battles in Los Angeles. At 16, disillusioned with education, she dropped out of school.

Music

At the start of her career, Amala pondered over a stage name. Eventually, she combined the name of a cat with a weed. She then wrote a song and filmed a test video, posting it on an internet platform.

The single “So High” caught the attention of RCA Records, and in 2013, the promising 17-year-old artist signed a contract with the studio and released her debut EP titled Purrr!. It harmoniously blended trends of rap, R&B, and dance disco, along with elements of other genres within the modern glamour concept.

The music video for “So High” was highly acclaimed by critics, calling the artist a prodigy and a follower of psychedelic style. Doja Cat realized she was keeping up with the times after reading positive comments and decided to target a new audience in the near future.

Her fame grew shortly after the release of the single “Candy,” widely used in viral videos on TikTok. The success of the track encouraged Doja Cat to create a full-fledged debut album, which became available online in mid-2018.

Along with the LP, the singer recorded individual tracks that occupied respectable positions in the charts of several European countries. Information about the flamboyant beauty from California spread beyond America and across the ocean. Tracks like “Roll With Us” and “Go To Town,” and the non-album song “Mooo!” which went viral, delighted listeners.

In 2019, Doja Cat updated the tracklist of her debut album and released remixes of some songs featuring popular singers. Variations of the tracks “Tia Tamera” and “Juicy” entered the Billboard charts.

Feeling her demand, the artist secluded herself in a recording studio and quickly created a new album, Hot Pink. On the cover photo, the singer appeared with pink hair.

The singles “Boss Bitch,” “Streets,” and “Say So” from the newly released album entered the American chart. The remix of “Say So” in collaboration with Nicki Minaj reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and the artist was invited to Jimmy Fallon’s show.

In an interview about the new album, Doja Cat admitted she always wanted to color her music with shades she loved since childhood. Music critics noted the genre mobility and unusual lyricism of the collection.

During the work on Hot Pink, one of the producers of which was the artist herself, she was helped by popular American performers Smino, Tyga, and Gucci Mane. The singer planned to go on tour in 2020 to promote the album, but the concerts were postponed due to the pandemic.

However, the coronavirus did not hinder her creative career. That same year, Doja Cat participated in recording a track and music video for the song “Best Friend” with American rapper Saweetie. She also recorded the joint track “Motive” with Ariana Grande, which reached 32nd place on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a gold certification in the UK. Grande herself mentioned in an interview that she first performed the song in the shower, after which she realized it would be a hit.

In 2021, the hip-hop singer released her third studio album, Planet Her. The album reached second place on the Billboard 200 and, according to many critics, became the best in Doja Cat’s discography. In the summer of 2022, the artist planned to join Weeknd on his After Hours Til Dawn tour, but canceled performances due to tonsil surgery. Appearance and Style

The artist, standing 165 cm tall, carefully monitors her figure and maintains a weight of 55 kg through gym workouts. Her flamboyant outfits, makeup, and hairstyles, demonstrated in photos, evoke envy and respect among fashion enthusiasts.

Being a Libra, Doja Cat is not afraid of experiments and carefully plans her image, preparing to shoot music videos. For each single and album, the artist, inheriting the talent of a decorator, thinks through the composition of the cover.

In interviews, the singer noted her negative attitude towards plastic surgery, stating she has never even had eyelash extensions. The artist looks great without makeup and is not shy about posting such photos on social media. Personal Life

Little is known about the personal life of the American singer, as she keeps her romances hidden from journalists and fans. Bright photos on Amala’s Instagram page fuel interest in the artist and generate comments from thousands of enthusiastic people. Fans have often found hints of her bisexuality in the lyrics of her songs, but Doja Cat keeps the intrigue and does not comment on this topic.

It is known that the singer had a romance with American musician Jawny (Jacob Lee-Nicholas Sallenger), but the relationship did not last even a year — the couple split in February 2020. The artist noted that the end of the romance was not a drama for her, and she remained on good terms with her former boyfriend.

In the summer of 2023, tabloids talked about Amala’s romantic relationship with comedian Jay Cyrus. Paparazzi managed to capture the couple’s embraces and kisses while on vacation in Mexico.

Doja Cat lives in Beverly Hills, California, in her own house, which she purchased for $2.2 million in 2021. Doja Cat Now

Currently, the artist continues her creative career. In 2023, Doja Cat became a five-time nominee at the 65th annual Grammy Awards ceremony: four nominations were brought by her compositions “Woman” and “Vegas,” and the collaboration with Post Malone titled “I Like You (A Happier Song)” was a contender for the highest award in the music industry in the category “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.”

Discography

2018 — Amala
2019 — Hot Pink
2021 — Planet Her

Interesting Facts

Doja Cat’s songs in the 2010s appeared on television and in cinematography, particularly in the film “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.” Thanks to fortunate circumstances, thousands of viewers learned about the American artist’s work and her albums. At the beginning of 2018, Amala became a victim of negative PR when journalists initiated a scandal due to a recording containing openly homophobic statements by the artist, which someone found on Twitter and immediately published. The singer apologized to the offended sexual minorities and promised to be cautious with social media posts. The artist also publicly apologized for laughing at racist jokes on social networks and using the N-word. Haters tried to accuse the singer of racism because of the song “Dindu Nuffin” (slang for black victims of police brutality), but Doja Cat stated that it was her response to racists as a woman of South African descent.

WP Radio
WP Radio
OFFLINE LIVE