American rapper Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, known professionally as Doja Cat, is celebrating her new age as she clocks 26 today.
Born on October 21, 1995, and raised in L.A., Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old.
The rapper developed a knack for music by studying piano and dance as a kid and listening to Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and more. Soon, she went from obsessing over Catwoman (the Halle Berry version) to “crate digging” on YouTube.
Signed to Kemosabe/RCA in 2014, she unveiled her acclaimed Purrr! EP. Its lead single “So High” impressively racked up over 30 million cumulative streams and garnered praise from tastemakers such as Fader, Vibe, Paper, Pigeons & Planes, and more.
Cooking up vibrantly, candy-coated beats, dropping bars doubled-up on double entendre, and singing with claws out, Amala unlocks a sweetly sexy world soundtracked by wild hip-hop, twisted pop, and smoked-out R&B.
Asserting a feline-esque dominance and a style that can only be described as every color in a box of crayons, Doja Cat’s unapologetic charisma, charm, and confidence immediately take center stage.
In August 2018, she released what would become her viral hit “Mooo!” which enjoyed over 10 million views on YouTube and Twitter in just a couple of days and was met with critical acclaim.
In March 2019, she released the Amala Deluxe album, including her brand new song “Juicy.” With the release of Hot Pink, Doja’s ability to create hit records that are uniquely her own is what will continue to make her a standout act in 2019.
Happy birthday to the Princess of rap from all of us at HipHopMill. In honor of Doja Cat’s 26th birthday, tell us your favorite song by the star!