Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper and songwriter. 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.
Saweetie 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 top 40 singles “Tap In” and “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat.
Age and Early life.
Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper was born on July 2, 1993 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 West F. High School in Tracy, and graduating from Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove. 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 south California, where she completed her degree and received a Bachelor of Art (BA) in communications. After graduating, she began to focus on her rap career.
Saweetie began posting short raps on her Instagram account in 2016. One video featured her rapping over the beat from Khias’s “My Neck, My Back. lick it”, which would eventually turn into “Icy Girl”. 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. The video for the song went viral on the Internet and went on to accrue 100 million views on YouTube as of June 2020.
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 II in February 2018, she was featured in an ad for Rihana’s cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty. That month, she signed to Warner Bros.
Saweetie released her major label debut EP, High Maintenance, on March 16, 2018. It is composed of nine tracks and was produced by CashMoneyAp, Nyrell, and Saweetie’s cousin, Zaytoven. The single, “Icy Girl” was certified Gold in June 2018, for sales of 500,000 in the US. It was certified platinum in September 2019.
Saweetie released her second major label EP, Icy, on March 29, 2019. The EP’s first single, “My Type”, written by Saweetie and produced by London on da Track, samples “Freek-a-Leek” by Petey Pablo. Debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 81, It was the first song of Saweetie’s to enter the Hot 100. “My Type” later peaked at number 21, becoming Saweetie’s first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. A remix of the song featuring Jhene Aiko and City Girls was released on August 23, 2019. In September 2019, “My Type” hit number 1 on the Rhythmic Radio charts, and was later certified double platinum in the United States.
Saweetie collaborated with PrettyLittleThing to launch a 59-piece clothing collection, PrettyLittleThing x Saweetie, in September 2019. She said the theme of the capsule was “a boujie rich girl enjoying the finer things in life. I want to show the boys and girls that if you hustle hard your work will pay off.” It debuted during the New York Fashion week.
Saweetie released the lead single, “Tap In”, from her upcoming debut album titled Pretty Bitch Music on June 20, 2020. The single peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her first song to enter the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 38. This was followed by the promotional single, “Pretty Bitch Freestyle”, on July 2, 2020.
On July 31, 2020, Saweetie appeared alongside American rapper Tax Money on the song “Bussin 2.0”, with a music video premiering the same day. On August 6, 2020, Saweetie was featured on Ava Max’s song, “Kings & Queens Pt. 2”, alongside Lauv.
On October 23, 2020, she released “Back to the Streets” featuring Jhene Aiko, which serves as the second single from Pretty Bitch Music. The album’s third single, “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat, was released on January 7, 2021.
Saweetie began dating American rapper Quavo (from the Migos) in September 2018. They were first seen together during New York Fashion Week. On March 19, 2021, Saweetie confirmed via social media that she and Quavo are no longer in a relationship. Rumors of their eventual breakup started circling around earlier in the month, when Saweetie and Quavo unfollowed each other on Instagram. Saweetie also mentioned on social media that Quavo was unfaithful. She wrote, “Presents don’t band aid scars and the love isn’t real when the intimacy is given to other women.”
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 has a net worth of $4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. As well as making money from music, her boyfriend Quavo supported her financially.