Doja Cat is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born on October 21, 1995. Her career started almost by accident when she released ‘Mooo!’ which became a viral meme song and catapulted her to fame. From there, she progressed, thanks in large part to her strong social media presence on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. Her music and artistic abilities are also noted for their genre-bending and often out-of-the-box nature. Let’s take a moment today to appreciate her talent.
Doja Cat was born on October 21, 1995, in Los Angeles, California, as Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini. Her father is a multi-talented artist with a wide range of skills. Her mother is a painter. Her origins are of South African, Jewish, and American descent. Her mother moved to New York City when she was a few months old, and she spent the next five years of her life there. Her aunt assisted her in securing a spot in a performing arts school when she grew older. When she was 11, she returned to Los Angeles with her family, who had relocated to Sherman Oaks, a suburban community. Her family followed Hinduism for the next four years. She completed her elementary school education in New York City and went on to Los Angeles to attend middle school. However, when she was 16, she dropped out of high school because she had lost interest in formal schooling and chose to pursue an artistic career instead.
Doja Cat turned to music feeling anxious about her future. She trained herself to sing and rap, and she used YouTube instrumentals to make her songs. She frequently uploaded her tracks to SoundCloud after recording them. Her song ‘So High’ drew the attention of Kemosabe and RCA Records. At the age of 17, she signed a joint record deal with the management of ROC Nation, and released her debut EP, “Purrr!” in 2014. After taking a break from music, she returned with her debut studio album “Amala” (2018), and later earned viral success as an internet meme with the single ‘Mooo!’ Her second studio album, “Hot Pink” (2019), debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the multi-platinum single ‘Say So,’ which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart after a remix featuring Nicki Minaj was released. She teamed up with Ariana Grande on their single ‘Motive’ in 2020 and subsequently appeared alongside Megan Thee Stallion on the remix of Ariana’s song ’34+35,’ which became her second song to enter the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Kiss Me More’ (featuring SZA), Doja Cat’s third song to attain this milestone, was released as the lead single from her third studio album “Planet Her,” in 2021.
She began to show signs of exhaustion in November 2021. She used Instagram Live to express her dislike for “unnecessary obligations,” as she revealed that she is no longer enjoying her music career. Her dissatisfaction persisted throughout a March 2022 South American festival tour. This was followed by an altercation involving Paraguayan fans and a storm that forced her show to be canceled.
She is relatively quiet about her personal life, noting in September 2021 that the general public should not expect any information regarding her dating life unless it involves marriage. She has not yet formally come out or made a definitive statement about her sexual orientation, but she has claimed to like men and women. She has also alluded to her queer sexuality in the song ‘Naked.’ In August 2019, she began dating indie-pop musician Jawny, although the pair split up in February 2020.
After the success of her single ‘So High,’ released on SoundCloud, the singer gets a record deal with RCA Records and Kemosabe Records.
After taking a break from music, she returns with her debut studio album "Amala."
Intending to become an internet meme, Doja Cat releases the “Mooo!” music video, in which she wears a sexy cow print costume.
Her song ‘Say So’ takes over the popular Generation Z app TikTok and becomes a viral dance trend after a user makes up a simple dance routine for the song.
She makes a guest appearance as a musical artist on N.B.C.’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” an American late-night and news satire talk show.
She enters the Guinness Book of World Records, as she receives the title of “first female rap duo to reach number one on the U.S. singles chart” for ‘Say So,’ featuring Nicki Minaj.
She wins ‘Best Pop Duo/Performance’ for ‘Kiss Me More’ featuring SZA.
Why We Love Doja Cat
She is hilarious
So, we can't discuss Doja Cat without mentioning her sense of humor. She is the ideal manifestation of meme culture on the internet. Even her hit tune 'Mooo!' which placed her on the map for a lot of people, started as a joke.
Her style is on point
As far as anyone is concerned, this singer can't go wrong with fashion. She has a look for any occasion, from wild and outrageous to full glam. She enjoys experimenting with style and aesthetics and keeps things fresh.
She is charitable
Doja Cat is a humanitarian at heart, having donated $100,000 to the Justice For Breonna Taylor Fund, in honor of an African-American woman who was unjustly killed by police. Breonna’s family received the support fund.
5 Surprising Facts
She tried dancing before singing
Noting that her dad was a gifted musician, Doja Cat admitted to trying her hands at break dancing at a young age.
Her biggest turn-on is big noses
She hasn't given any detail about why she once admitted that she wants a partner with a big nose.
Her fashion and music are '90s-inspired
What makes her nostalgic is rain and ‘90s cartoons, and her Instagram feed is full of Neon bodysuits.
She survived the “cancel culture” controversy
In May 2020, the star issued a public apology amid outrage over “racially insensitive” music and racial slurs made when she was younger.
She’s on the “Forbes” Under 30 list
Despite the backlash she received, the rapper made it onto the prestigious 2020 “Forbes” Under 30 list in North America.
Doja Cat FAQs
What personality type is Doja Cat?
Doja Cat is an E.N.F.P. personality type.
What is Doja Cat's most viral song?
The number one song is ‘Say So,’ from the “Hot Pink” album.
Who is Doja Cat’s manager?
Her manager is Wassim Slaiby.
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