Doja Cat is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame after becoming a viral internet sensation with her song “Mooo!” Since then, Doja Cat has released many other popular songs, many of which have become popular sounds for the viral app TikTok.
Doja Cat, known as Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini in her personal life, was born on October 21, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is a painter and her father is an actor and film producer. While Doja Cat has said that her father was not present in her life, her father has claimed this to be untrue.
Doja Cat has stated that she had a disinterest in her education and dropped out of high school her Junior year at age 16. After dropping out of high school, Doja Cat said she spent most of her time searching the internet for instrumentals and creating her music. She taught herself how to use Garage Band to create her music, as well as how to sing and rap.
Doja Cat tends to be pretty private about her personal love life. However, Doja Cat’s most well-known relationship was with indie music artist Johnny Utah, also known as Jacob Sullengerm who now goes by the stage name of JAWNY. The two dated from 2019 to 2020.
Doja Cat uploaded her first song to her SoundCloud account called “So High.” This song was noticed by Kemosabe RCA Records and Doja Cat shortly signed a contract with them at age 17. Her debut single “So High” was eventually featured on the television series Empire. Later on, in 2014, Doja Cat released her first EP, “Purrr!.”
Doja’s Career: 2018 to Present
After a break from the commercial music industry, Doja Cat came out with her first album Amala in 2018. In February of that year, Doja Cat released her single “Roll with Us” to promote the album. Her popular song “Candy” was released as her second single of the album. This song did not successfully become popular at first, but eventually became a viral sound used for a dance challenge on the social media platform, TikTok, resulting in the song landing a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
After Doja’s song “Mooo!”, a campy song about how she is a cow, became a viral meme in August 2018, her career took off exponentially. The singer/songwriter re-released a deluxe version of her album Amala. This deluxe version included the viral song “Mooo!” and popular song “Juicy.” A “Juicy” remix that features Typa was released a year later, and the song reached the 83rd spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts following its release.
In November 2019, Doja Cat released Hot Pink, her second album. This album includes some of her most popular songs like “Say So.” She was scheduled to go on a Hot Pink Tour in March 2020 but the tour has been indefinitely delayed because of COVID-19.
Awards and Nominations
- Doja Cat’s song “Juicy” became certified Platinum in the US.
- Her Hot Pink album earned the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
- “Say So” reached the number five spot on the Hot 100 charts and was her first top 10 single.
- Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix featuring Nicki Minaj reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her first number one single.
- Doja Cat earned the number five spot on Billboard’s Top New Artists of 2020 and Top Female Artists of 2020 charts.
- Doja Cat has earned three Grammy nominations
- The singer has won two American Music Awards
- Doja Cat has won the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist
In the News
During an Instagram Live, Doja Cat recently revealed to Fat Joe that her third studio album is finished and she is waiting for the right time to release it. Fans are hoping that 2021 will be the year they can finally hear her new music.
Doja Cat has also sparked much controversy in recent months. The hashtag #DojaIsOverParty was trending in May 2020 due to Doja getting involved in a video chat that included alleged alt-right members. An old song that resurfaced with racist speech about police brutaily victims also drove Doja to be cancelled by fans. Doja Cat quickly addressed the controversy in an Instagram post, denying the racist chatroom events. However, many are still confused on where Doja Cat stands in terms of these racism accusations.
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