By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) If you have yet to hear about rapper “Saweetie” get ready! The music video she made for “Icy Grl” is approaching 29 million views on YouTube and has been streamed nearly 6 million times on Soundcloud. Rihanna handpicked her to star in a Super Bowl ad earlier this year, and she scored a record deal with Artistry/Warner Bros.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.
Diamonte Harper was feeling low when she wrote a song that would change her life.
In between odd jobs and constantly moving around the city, the USC grad had reached a breaking point.
“I had $40 to my name,” she said, wincing at the memory over dinner in a dimly lighted West Hollywood eatery. “I was disgusted with myself. I went from being a hustler, working different jobs to renting rooms off Craigslist, and I just wasn’t happy.”
Sitting in a bedroom that had nothing but a mattress on the floor, the Bay Area native penned a freestyle over the beat of Khia’s ribald classic, “My Neck, My Back.” Harper wanted to remind herself to stay focused and envision the life she’d rather be living. The lyrics came quickly.
“Can’t stop won’t stop get guap, 10 white toes in them Tory flip flops / Manicures and pedicures I’m always tip top / When they say I’m not hot all these lies need to stop, ‘Cause I’m icy, wifey, haters wanna fight me.”
Harper’s aspirational decree, eventually titled “Icy Grl,” become a viral sensation on Instagram and turned the rapper, who performs as Saweetie (a pet name bestowed by her grandmother), into an overnight sensation.
The music video she made for the record late last year is approaching 29 million views on YouTube and has been streamed nearly 6 million times on Soundcloud. Rihanna handpicked her to star in a Super Bowl ad earlier this year, and she scored a record deal with Artistry/Warner Bros. Records ahead of her debut EP, “High Maintenance” (it arrived last month).