Doja Cat is Amala Ratna Andile Dlamini, a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles, California. The 25-year-old star was born on October 25, 1995, to a South African actor father and a Jewish painter mother. Her artistic background inspired her to start taking dance lessons when she was living with her mother in Oak Park, California.
Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini
Hip hop pop R&B
Rapper singer songwriter record producer
After dropping out of school to pursue music, Doja got a record deal with Kemosabe Records thanks to producer Dr. Luke, who discovered her music on Soundcloud. Since then, she has become a worldwide sensation and has been described by Forbes as “one of the top breakout stars of 2020,” thanks to her success on TikTok and YouTube.
- Amala began practicing Hinduism as a girl, and as part of the Hindu tradition, she started singing bhajans, traditional spiritual songs, at temple. Later, she started breakdancing and pop-locking while in high school, adding more performing experience to her growing repertoire. However, she wasn’t in school for long – she dropped out at 16 years old.
- After dropping out of high school, Doja Cat has said that she spent the majority of her time looking for beats online and teaching herself to produce and record music, as well as to sing.
- After posting “So High,” an original track, to her Soundcloud account, 17-year-old Amala got a record deal.
- Doja has disclosed that she is bisexual, saying, “I like dicks and I also like, um, I like people that I can have sex with. You can kind of have sex with anybody, right?”
- As of 2021, Doja lives in a $2.2 million home in Beverly Hills, California.
- While she is currently single, Amala previously dated musician Jawny from August 2019 to February 2020.
- Doja Cat has explained her philosophy about her creative work by saying, “It’s me being a punk. I love being a punk to people who take things way too seriously.”
- Her net worth as of 2021 is an estimated $5 million.
- Doja Cat’s name is inspired by two of her favorite things – felines and weed.
Doja Cat: The MusicBelow are descriptions of Amala’s three studio albums.
- In 2018, Doja Cat Released her debut full-length album, Amala, via Kemosabe and RCA records. The record was produced by the artist with support from Yeti Beats, Cambo, Budo, Richie Beats, Kurtis McKenzie, Tyson Trax, and others. The album’s songs were recorded between 2016 and 2018 at The Himalayas, a studio in Los Angeles.
- While Amala yielded a few successful singles, the album was a far cry from the massive hit that her 2019 follow-up, Hot Pink, would be. It wasn’t until her sophomore effort that Amala achieved superstardom.
2019: Hot Pink
- Doja’s second full-length studio album, Hot Pink, was released via Kemosabe and RCA on November 7, 2019. The album was produced by Tyson Tracks, Yeti Beats, Kool Kojak, Kurtis McKenzie, and numerous others.
- Many critics praised Doja Cat for incorporating numerous genres into Hot Pink’s electric sound, including hip-hop, pop, R&B, and more. The record went on to peak at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
- “Say So,” one of the singles from the album, was remixed by Nicki Minaj. The remix helped to get Doja her first No. 1 hit. “Streets,” another single from the album, was another Hot 100 hit for Doja Cat.
- Famously picky music outlet Pitchfork gave Doja’s sophomore album a positive review, saying that Doja Cat proved that “her real gift is her versatility.” The outlet also praised Doja Cat for her sarcasm, highlighting her humorous anti-promotion of the album – a video of her with a caption that said, “PLEASE DO NOT BY MY ALBUM IF YOU BUY MY ALBUM I WILL PEE IN YOUR LAP.”
2021: Planet Her
- On June 25, 2021, Doja Cat released her highly-anticipated third album, Planet Her, via Kemosabe and RCA. The album was produced by a wide array of collaborators, along with the artist. Producers featured on the album include Dr. Luke, Mayer Hawthorne, Kurtis Mackenzie, Y2K, and many more.
- The album yielded two singles: “Kiss Me More” and “You Right.” The former features SZA and the latter features The Weeknd.
- Doja Cat earned herself another favorable review from Pitchfork with Planet Her, this time even higher than Hot Pink. The outlet described her as “a triple threat: a pop star, an edgelord, and a hottie.” They went on to describe the album as “a kaleidoscope of pop versatility that benefits greatly from a market that currently values eclecticism.”
- Planet Her features tracks that are co-written by a number of high-profile artists, including The Weeknd, Jidenna, SZA, JID, Mayer Hawthorne, Young Thug, and Y2K.