Katriana Sandra Huguet (born July 29, 1990), better known by her stage name Kat Dahlia (formerly Kat Hue), is an American recording artist. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dahlia is a singer, songwriter and rapper, known for her "razor sharp" lyrics and her "unique, aggressive flow".[3][4][5] She released her debut single "Gangsta", in March 2013, to rave reviews. Dahlia released her debut studio album "My Garden", in January 2015, with Vested in Culture and Epic Records, the latter of which she secured a recording contract with in 2012. In 2013, Dahlia ranked number eight on Billboard's "Next Big Sound".[6]

Kat Dahlia
Kat Dahlia poses for Complex in 2014
Kat Dahlia poses for Complex in 2014
Background information
Birth nameKatriana Sandra Huguet[1]
Also known asKat Hue
Born (1990-07-29) July 29, 1990 (age 33)[2]
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
Labels
Websitekatdahlia.com

Early life

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Kat Dahlia was born Katriana Sandra Huguet on July 29, 1990, to a Cuban mother and her Lebanese-Cuban father, in Miami Beach, Florida.[7] She began rapping at the age of eight and writing songs at the age of 15, ripping instrumentals from YouTube, in lieu of a band.[8] At the age of 18, after saving money from jobs as a waitress, Dahlia decided to leave Miami, and moved to New York City a month later, "on a whim."[4][9] Thereafter, Dahlia became involved in what she describes as a "toxic relationship", which she would later come to regard as a source of inspiration and "writer's gold."[10] She chose the name Kat Dahlia as her stage name after her producer suggested it and kept it, because its soft and beautiful, but still has a dark undertone to it.[11]

Career

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After self-financing an extended play (EP) and a music video, Dahlia was discovered by Vested in Culture VP of A&R Amanda Berkowitz. Berkowitz quickly brought Dahlia to the attention of veteran record executive Sylvia Rhone.[12] In 2012, describing Dahlia as "more than just a pop artist", Rhone signed her to her newly launched label, Vested in Culture (VIC), a joint venture with Epic Records. Dahlia's debut album was originally set to come out in 2014, becoming VIC's inaugural release.[13][14][15]

Dahlia's first single and video for VIC, was the track "Gangsta", which MTV called "filled to the brim with fierce rapping". The video, filmed in Miami, reflects the difficulties of her earlier life.[16] The video was directed by Samantha Lecca[1] and premiered via Vevo, on March 5, 2013.[17] Also in March, Dahlia was selected as a BET "Music Matters" artist.[18] "Gangsta" was featured in the background of the September 24, 2014, Season 16 Premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Girls Disappeared.

Dahlia digitally released three songs, "Gangsta", "Money Party", and "Mirror" on March 5, 2013. On December 17, 2013, she released her song "Crazy" for free on her website. Her debut My Garden was released on January 15, 2015.[1] The album debuted at number 54 on the US Billboard 200 chart. My Garden received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 63, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on four reviews.[19]

Kat Dahlia released her third EP, titled 20s, 50s, 100s, via SoundCloud on May 9, 2016, which features three songs, "Run It Up", "Voices in My Head" and "Lion".[20]

In May 2017, Dahlia released the song "Friday Night Majic", which was intended as the lead single from her planned second studio album, Naked Lady and a White Horse.[21] The album was produced by J Roc and originally scheduled to be released in July 2017,[21] but did not eventuate. On July 21, 2017, Dahlia released the single "Body and Soul" to all streaming platforms and also uploaded a lyric video to her YouTube Vevo channel.

On May 4, 2018, after creating his For the Culture Playlist, which included Miguel's single "Come Through and Chill", Salaam Remi released the EP South Beach Social Club, a collaboration with Dahlia.

In 2022, Dahlia collaborated with Joel Deleōn, Gale, and DallasK in COCO.[22]

Artistry

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Dahlia's musical style has been described as being "razor sharp" lyrics and her unique, aggressive flow.[4][5] Dhalia sings and raps in both English and Spanish. Dahlia cites artists Christina Aguilera,[23] B. B. King, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, and Celia Cruz as musical influences. Also, in interviews, Dahlia has mentioned that legendary reggae recording artist Bob Marley, has had a great influence on her musical style. She has said: "I listened to a lot of Bob Marley, especially down here. I used to go to Purdy Lounge on Monday night, they always had reggae bands. Reggae is just everywhere down here, dancehall is everywhere in the clubs. It's not only playing Hip Hop."[1]

Discography

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Studio albums

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List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
My Garden
  • Release date: January 13, 2015
  • Label: Vested in Culture, Epic Records
  • Format: CD, Digital download
54
Seven
  • Release date: October 30, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, Digital download
List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Shades of Gray[24]
(as Kat Hue)
  • Released: February 29, 2012
  • Label: No Days Off Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
20s, 50s, 100s[25]
  • Released: May 9, 2016[26]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Free download
South Beach Social Club
(with Salaam Remi)
  • Released: May 4, 2018[27]
  • Label: Louder Than Life
  • Format: Download, streaming

Mixtapes

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List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
Seeds[28]

Singles

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List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[30]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay
[31]
US Latin
Airplay

[32]
US
R&B/HH
[33]
US
Rhythm

[34]
US
Heat
US
R&B
"Gangsta"[35] 2013 12 48 25 13[36] 13[37] My Garden
"Crazy"[38] 2014 45 40 26
"Money Party"[39]
(featuring Polly A.)
non-album single
"I Think I'm in Love"[40] 2015 My Garden
"Friday Night Majic" 2017 Non-album singles
"Sirens"
"Manipulator"
"Body and Soul"
"I'm Doin Good"[41] 2019 Seven
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, was not released in that territory, or did not receive certification.

Guest appearances

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List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Lluvia Negra"[42] 2012 Puro Heny Puro
"Helen Keller"[43] 2013 Suffering from Success DJ Khaled
"Ain't Seen A Thing"[44] 2014 Hardships and Humiliation Decon Chrome
"Mash It Up"[45] 2015 Black Lion Reggae Invasion Vol. 1 Black Lion, The Wizard, Nyanda, The Kemist
"Warning"[46] 2017 Plata O Plomo Fat Joe, Remy Ma
"Save Me from the Rain"[47] Good Life Collie Buddz

Music videos

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Song Year Director
"Devil's Command" 2013 Edwin Escobar
"Gangsta" Samantha Lecca
"Happy and I Know It" 2014 X Marlon Santini
"The High" Michael Garcia
"Crazy" Rankin
"My Garden" 2015 Michael Garcia
"I Think I'm in Love" Sam Lecca
"Run It Up" 2016 Monique Chavez[48][49]

References

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  2. ^ "Kat Dahlia on Twitter: "Just found out The Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short) and I have the same birthday #WTF!"". n.d. Retrieved July 18, 2017 – via Twitter.
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  43. ^ David Jeffries (October 22, 2013). "Suffering from Success – DJ Khaled | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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  45. ^ "Black Lion Reggae Invasion, Vol. 1 by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store. n.d. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  46. ^ Neil Z. Yeung (February 10, 2017). "Plata o Plomo – Fat Joe,Remy Ma | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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