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Anyone who has been on social media over the past year, especially during the pandemic, could not have missed the spot of sunshine that is Saweetie. The rapper dominates social media with her massive presence of over 17 million followers across Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok and her catchy single and samples of 90’s hip-hop classics.
Following her landmark success and establishment as a rap artist in 2020, Saweetie, whose real name is Diamonté Harper, is riding the wave to fame and more success as her song titled “Best Friends” featuring Doja Cat peak at the third spot on the top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The song “Best Friends” solidifies Saweetie’s position as a rhythmic radio favorite as it hits the No. 1 position on Billboard Rhythmic Airplay Chart after gaining 9% in plays. Thanks to the impressive body of work, the LA-based rapper became the fifth female rapper to have three songs peak on the No. 1 spot of the Rhythmic Airplay chart. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have eight songs each, Megan Thee Stallion 4, and Iggy Azalea 3.
Although reaching the peak spot for the first time, Saweetie is familiar with hitting the top 10 spots of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before she recorded “Best Friends.” In 2019, the hit single, “My Type,” landed on the No. 10 spots of Hot R & R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and was the Rhythmic Airplay charts leader.
Her third hit to make it the lead was “Back to the Streets,” featuring Jhene Aiko. In 2020, the rising star ascended the No. 9 positions with “Tap In” and almost made it to the top of the Billboard Rhythmic Airplay Chart again as the song peaked on the No. 2 spots. Beyond her undisputed solo success as a talented artist, the West Coast rapper has collaborated with several artists in the industry, such as Dua Lipa and Jhene Aiko. Doja Cat, Post Malone, DaBaby, Post Malone, City Girls, e.t c.
Not all roses, the “Icy Girl” rapper was once at the end of online bullying after she fumbled a freestyle session during an appearance on Hot 97, and one of the radio hosts described her as “basic.” After the session, her social media were filled with angry comments shaming her rap skills and insulting her. She admitted to “Cosmopolitan” that the incident traumatized her, and she has since adopted a hands-on approach to her songs, co-producing the beats.
With plans to dominate the hip-hop music scenes for a long time, Saweetie recently released her seven-song EP, titled “Pretty Summer Playlist: Season 1,” getting her fans ready in anticipation of her debut album, currently titled “Pretty B—- Music.”
Aside from music, the 27-year-old rapper is a philanthropist to the core. She launched her Icy Baby Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to support low-income communities and help with educational support.
To learn more about Saweetie and her upcoming album, visit her official website. You can also listen to her songs via Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep updated with all the juicy tidbits.
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