Doja Cat is a young American multi-talented personality. Doja Cat is a singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer.
Table of Biography
Doja Cat was born on October 21, 1995, and she is currently 25 years old. Her full name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, but is more popular by her stage name “Doja Cat”. She is born and raised in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, and her zodiac sign is Libra.
Talking about her family, she is half South-African and half Jewish. Likewise, she was born into an artistic family. Her father is Dumisani Dlamini. He has been a South African actor, composer, and film producer of Zulu ethnicity. Further, her father is most popular for starring in the 1992 musical film Sarafina! Similarly, her mother is Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer and she is a Jewish-American painter.
She has shared that she never met her father growing up. However, her father has denied this claim. He rather claimed that he has a “healthy” relationship with his daughter, she. Further, her brother is also a rapper who inspired her in writing and rapping.
Soon after her birth, Doja and her mother moved to New York City. There, the mother-daughter duo lived for five years. They then moved back to California in Oak Park and there, her mother enrolled her in ballet, tap, and jazz lessons as a child.
Her family again moved to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was just 11 years old back then. There, her family lived in an ashram and practiced Hinduism for four years. She claims that she lacked interest in school from then on. She instead took a liking for dance.
After taking breakdancing classes, she later joined a professional pop-locking troupe. With them, she competed in dance battles throughout Los Angeles. She was still attending high school then. She also frequently skipped school to participate in online chatrooms. She eventually dropped out of high school at the young age of 16 years while in her junior year.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Doja Cat is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. The young celebrity personality began creating and releasing music on SoundCloud as a teenager. She song titled So High caught Kemosabe Records and RCA Records’ attention. Later, she signed a joint record deal at the young age of 17 years. She subsequently released her debut EP Purrr! in the year 2014.
After a commercial hiatus, Cat released her debut studio album titled Amala in the year 2018. It was a commercial failure but later earned viral success as an internet meme with the single Mooo! The song later appeared on the deluxe version of her debut album along with singles Juicy and Tia Tamera in the year 2019.
Further, Cat’s second studio album is Hot Pink and she released it in the year 2019. This album reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and spawned the single Say So. This single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of two remixes featuring Nicki Minaj.
Likewise, Cat is also popular for creating music videos and songs that achieve popularity on social media applications including TikTok and YouTube. Young singer-rapper Cat has also received nominations for three Grammy Awards. The young artist has also won two American Music Awards in addition to the MTV Video Music Award for “Push Best New Artist” and its European counterpart.
Additionally, Cat was also the most googled rapper in the year 2020. She was among the most looked up musicians of that year. The singer’s song Say So was also among the most googled songs of the year 2020.
People have noted Doja Cat for her musical versatility. It includes her genre fluidity for “crossover-ready pop songs” and also for her ability to sing, rap, and produce. Among others, the young artist has cited American singer D’Angelo and Barbadian singer Rihanna among her biggest influences.
In May 2020, the artist stated that American singer Beyoncé is one of the driving forces of who Cat is in her career. She has also added that the R&B music her mother used to play in her house “poured into her childhood”, ranging from Earth, Wind & Fire to Black Eyed Peas.
Philanthropy and Controversies
In June 2020, Doja Cat donated $100,000 to the “Justice For Breonna Taylor Fund”. She did this in support of the movement protesting police brutality against black persons in the United States.
After achieving mainstream recognition in 2018 with the single Mooo!, Cat sparked controversy on social media. It was when her Twitter account history revealed the usage of homophobic slurs. It was a tweet dating back to 2015 where the singer used the word “faggot” to describe hip hop artists Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt, members of the musical collective Odd Future.
Again in March 2020, Cat received backlash after claiming on Instagram live that COVID-19 was only a “flu” and that she was not scared of it. Two months later in May, a 2015 song by Cat titled Dindu Nuffin resurfaced. It is an alt-right term used to ridicule African-American victims of police brutality who claim that they are innocent. The singer apologized by claiming that although the song was meant to flip the meaning of the term, it was a “bad decision”.
Then in late October 2020, the young rapper was again criticized along with other celebrities including Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, and Paris Hilton, among others. People criticized them all for participating in Kendall Jenner’s Halloween and birthday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singer-rapper Doja Cat has shared that she likes both men and women. In the year 2019, she began dating indie rock musician Jawny (or Johnny Utah). Jawny is a fellow American singer, songwriter, and producer. However, the pair went their separate ways in February 2020.
Doja Cat stands tall at a height of approximately 5 feet 3 inches and she is around 57 kgs. Likewise, her chest-waist-hip measures are 35-27-36 inches respectively. She has naturally dark brown hair and eyes of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about her social media presence, Doja Cat joined Twitter in May 2012 and so far has over 2.2 million followers on her @dojacat account. Likewise, she goes by @dojacat on Instagram. On this account, she has shared exactly 1,342 posts and earned over 8.2 million followers while writing this biography.
Further, the young rapper then joined Youtube on August 11, 2018. So far, her “Doja Cat” Youtube channel has garnered over 1.6 billion views and 4.84 million subscribers. Similarly, she created her personal Facebook page on November 12, 2012. So far, she has 1.6 million people following her journey on this platform. Moving on, Cat has a net worth estimation of approximately $4 million dollars at such a young age.