Doja Cat features on Ariana Grande’s new single 34+35 alongside Megan Thee Stallion, which dropped yesterday. But why is Doja Cat’s mom trending?

Who is Doja Cat’s mom?

Doja Cat’s mom, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, is a Jewish-American painter. Mother and daughter moved together to New York City when Doja Cat (real name: Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini) was very young.

They lived there for five years, before moving back to California. Soon afterwards, Sawyer enrolled her daughter in ballet, tap and jazz lessons.

When Dlamini aka Doja was 11, she and her mom moved from Oak Park, California, to an ashram in Los Angeles.

Deborah apparently had a large influence on Doja Cat’s musical tastes from a young age.

Dlamini said of her mom that it was “ironic because I’m Jewish, my grandma’s Jewish, she’s white, and she was never exposed to music like that.” 

But that changed when “she started meeting people and was like, ‘Wow I really love this.’”

“Once she had me”, she continued, “she would play a lot of Erykah Badu, a lot of Fugees, and Jamiroquai and Seal, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Alice Coltrane, a lot of stuff like that.”

Doja Cat’s early musical career

Doja Cat’s musical career began like any other, by experimenting in her room.

“I didn’t really know how to begin that other than like, singing in my room, locking the door, and trying to sing kind of quietly”, she told Juliana Pache for a 2009 issue of The Fader.

“I knew my mom would want to listen and she would probably bug me about it.”

Why is Doja Cat’s mom trending now?

It could just be that, because of the attention she is receiving off the back of the Ariana Grande single, fans are curious about her family life.

Or, it could be that fans are rediscovering Doja Cat’s a cappella mix about her mom finding her vibrator, titled Under My Bed…

Doja Cat recorded it in 2019 and posted it to YouTube. It has since attracted almost a million views.

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