Diamonté Harper (born July 2, 1993), better known as Saweetie, is an American rapper and songwriter from Hayward, California. After the release of her debut single, « Icy Grl », she was signed to Warner Bros. Records in partnership with Artistry Worldwide. She released her first major label EP, High Maintenance, in March 2018.
Saweetie began posting short raps on her Instagram account in 2016. One video featured her rapping over the beat from Khia’s classic « My Neck, My Back (Lick It) », which would eventually turn into « Icy Grl ». She first released the song on her SoundCloud in the summer of 2017 and later released a music video for it in October of the same year. The visual, which went viral on the Internet, would go on to accrue sixty-four million views on YouTube as of December 2018.
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 ad for Rihanna’s cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty. That month, she signed to Warner Bros. Records in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and her own label, Icy Records.
I do a lot of covers but this is the first time I’m actually doing original content. I leave the studio and I come home wanting to listen to really myself.
— Saweetie for XXL in October 2017.
Saweetie released her major label debut, 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. « Icy Grl » quickly became well-known and thus Saweetie gained a lot of fame. Saweetie released her second major label EP, “Icy”, On March 29, 2019.