Who is Saweetie?
Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper is known professionally as Saweetie she was born on the 2nd of June 1993. She is an American rapper and songwriter.
Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper was born in Hayward, California to Trinidad Valentin, her Filipina-Chinese mother, and Johnny Harper, her African-American father. She grew up in the Central Valley, attending Merrill F. West High School in Tracy and graduating from Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove.
After the release of her debut single “Icy Grl”, she was signed to Warner Records and her manager Max Gousse’s record label Artistry Worldwide. She released her debut extended play, High Maintenance on March 16, 2018. Her second EP, Icy was released in March 2019, and spawned the top 40 single “My Type”. Her debut album, Pretty Bitch Music is expected to be released in 2021 and was preceded by the singles “Tap In” and “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat.
She began writing music at age 13. After high school, she went on to attend San Diego State University, where she studied communications and business before transferring to the University of Southern California, where she completed her degree and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in communications. After graduating, she began to focus on her rap career.
Saweetie has been in a relationship with rapper Quavo since 2018. She is the cousin of actress Gabrielle Union.] Her grandfather, Willie Harper, played football for the San Francisco 49ers. She is a fan of the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Saweetie began posting short raps on her Instagram account in 2016. One video featured her rapping over the beat from Khia’s “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”, which would eventually turn into “Icy Grl”.The song was released on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017 and brought her to the attention of Max Gousse, a well-known producer and A&R executive, who became her manager.
To follow that up, Saweetie released in that same month a freestyle rap called “High Maintenance” accompanied by a short clip of herself rapping a verse to the song, all while chilling in her kitchen. It would go viral on Instagram and Twitter as well. In October 2017, she released a video for her song, “Focus”, which samples DRAM’s “Gilligan”.
In January 2018, she was named Tidal’s Artist of the Week and one of Pigeons & Planes’ Best New Artists of the Month. During Super Bowl LII in February 2018, she was featured in an advertisement for Rihanna’s cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty. That month, she signed to Warner Bros. Records (since May 2019 Warner Records)