Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, better known as Doja Cat, was born in Los Angeles in 1995. Her mother is a painter, while her father is a South African actor, composer, and film producer. Dlamini’s mother took her to New York City shortly after she was born. After five years, they relocated to Oak Park, California, where Dlamini enrolled in dance classes in ballet, tap, and jazz. The family returned to Los Angeles, where they lived in an ashram and practiced Hinduism in the foothills.
Dlamini’s passion for dancing was exploding at this point in her life. It all began with her learning how to breakdance in the manner of Indian classical dancers. While still in high school, Dlamini was a member of a professional pop-locking ensemble and competed all over Los Angeles; she finally dropped out to focus on her music career.
Dlamini used GarageBand to learn how to sing and rap. She’d use SoundCloud to distribute her music once she finished it. Producer Dr. Luke took notice of her 2012 debut single, “So High,” which was uploaded as a permanent song to her Soundcloud account. Dlamini was later signed to his record label by him. Doja Cat, Dlamini’s stage name, released her debut EP, “Purrr!,” in the summer of 2014.
“Amala” and Meme Fame
It wasn’t long ago that Doja Cat released three singles, all of which were titled “Candy.” “Amala,” her maiden studio album, includes these three singles. At the time of its release, the album was mostly overlooked by critics and failed to enter the charts. As a result of her “Mooo!” YouTube video, Doja Cat received a lot more attention that summer. An internet sensation, the video of the singer singing about her desire to be a cow has produced numerous parodies. Doja Cat followed this up with the singles “Tia Tamera” and “Juicy” in early 2019. Doja Cat’s first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 was a remix of this song.
In November 2019, Doja Cat released her second studio album, “Hot Pink,” which marked her debut as a recording artist. With the number-one hits “Bottom Bitch,” “Rules,” and “Say So,” the album eventually rose to ninth place on the Billboard 200. It was Doja Cat’s first top-ten hit when the song reached number five on the Hot 100; in 2020, a remix with Nicki Minaj propelled it to number one.
Doja Cat was one of the breakout artists of 2020 in large part because of the success of “Hot Pink.” Rolling Stone named her the year’s biggest breakout artist, while Billboard put her fifth on its Top New Artists of 2020 list. For her song “Say So,” Doja Cat received three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year.
“Planet Her” and MTV Video Music Awards
Doja Cat released the single “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA, as a teaser for her future album, which is due out in April 2021. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 after spending 19 weeks in the top ten. Doja Cat released the songs “Need to Know” and “You Right” a few months later; her album, “Planet Her,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, it also made the top three.
Doja Cat will host the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards following the success of her single “Planet Her.” In addition to Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Best Visual Effects, she was nominated for the Oscars. Doja Cat and SZA received Best Collaboration and Best Art Direction for “Kiss Me More” and “Best Friend,” respectively, at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Doja Cat has collaborated with a wide variety of other musicians. On songs by The Weeknd, Lil’ Wayne, City Girls, Ozuna, Bebe Rexha, and Ariana Grande she has been featured, among others. She appeared on Lil Nas X’s debut studio album, “Montero,” in September of that year.
Doja Cat keeps a low profile when it comes to her private life, and she prefers not to discuss her romantic connections with others. Her sexuality is often hinted at, and she has been spotted with bands like Jawny and Bree Runway. For $2.2 million in early 2021, Doja Cat purchased a Beverly Hills property.
Doja Cat, a well-known social media personality, is known for her controversial statements. The word “faggot” was discovered in one of her previous tweets in 2018. She afterward apologized profusely and took down the offending tweet. Doja Cat later came under fire for her comments that COVID-19 was only a “flu” and for her participation in pandemic celebrations.
Doja Cat Net Worth
Doja Cat is a rapper, singer, and composer who originally got attention as a teenager for sharing music on SoundCloud. Doja Cat’s net worth is approximately $8 million. At the age of 17, she signed a record deal and went on to release the albums “Amala,” “Hot Pink,” and “Planet Her,” the latter two of which reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart. TikTok and YouTube are two of the social media platforms that Doja Cat uses to spread the word about her art.
Roman Martin is the California Examiner's Senior Managing Editor.
He has written for websites like Gameempress, BestTechie, and Machinima's Inside Gaming blog, as well as magazines like Nog Magazine.
Roman Martin has been a writer for a living for almost 20 years. He worked as a full-time reporter and associate editor for Leedaily, Nog magazine, and The Lake County Florida News. He also wrote long features for other print publications.