"Cat Daddy" is a 2011 song by American Hip hop group The Rej3ctz. It is based on a dance of the same name and is from the 2010 mixtape TheFUNKtion vs theKICKback.
"Cat Daddy" was a MTV Jams "Jam Of The Week" in January 2011. It was released for digital download on February 16, 2011 on iTunes and subsequently charted on several Billboard charts, including the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it spent fourteen weeks and eventually peaked at number 77, after being re-released on June 27, 2011.
Chris Brown performed the Cat Daddy dance during the 106 & Park 10th Anniversary special in October 2010. Brown was the featured dance performer on the song's official video, which as of February 24, 2014 has over 91.7 million YouTube views. A Cat Daddy 2.0 video by Mario Van Peebles preceded the re-release of the song and was associated with the movie We the Party. Several notable celebrities have been filmed doing the dance, including Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
The song and dance became a viral video in May 2012 when then-current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton posted a video of her bikini-clad rendition of the dance on YouTube, causing YouTube to temporarily ban the video. The propriety of the YouTube ban was hotly debated with articles in many top-tier publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Daily News as well as leading news services such as ABC News and Fox News. Her video has about 19.6 million YouTube views, as of February 24, 2014.
Behind the scenes video production on YouTube from Venice Beach posted August 27, 2010
Official video on YouTube by The Rej3ctz with Chris Brown (uncredited) posted December 2, 2010
Cat Daddy 2.0 video on YouTube by The Rej3ctz with Mario Van Peebles posted April 12, 2011
The "Cat Daddy" dance was originated by The Rej3ctz group member Reject Sam before the group linked it to the song. The song came from a 2010 mixtape entitled TheFUNKtion vs theKICKback which is sometimes just referred to as The FUNKtion. In late 2010 and 2011, Chris Brown popularized the Cat Daddy dance after performing it in the official video. On October 6, 2010, Brown performed the Cat Daddy on 106 & Park for their 10-year anniversary show. Then, the Rej3ctz released a video of the song, featuring Brown dancing, that was produced at Venice Beach on or before August 2010.
The song was released February 16, 2011 as a music download on iTunes. According to Thomas Clayton of The Daily Rind, the song had 14,000 downloads on iTunes in its first week and the video had 9 million pageviews at the time. By April 20, 2011, the official video had 21 million pageviews. As of February 24, 2014 the original December 2, 2010 upload of the official video has over 78.6 million YouTube views while an alternate March 9, 2011 upload of the video has an additional 13.1 million plus views.
In April 2011, Mario Van Peebles produced a "Cat Daddy 2.0" video that included appearances by P. Diddy's son, actor and rapper Quincy Brown, rapper YG and entertainer Carlos Olivero. The video was associated with the release of Van Peebles' movie We the Party and the story behind The Rej3ctz' audition for it. The video shows how The Rej3ctz anticipated succeeding in their auditions, but realized that the competition was stiffer than expected. They were rejected until Van Peebles' kids got Mario to ask them to perform their song and dance. The video was Van Peebles' first music video. The song was re-released on iTunes on June 27, 2011.
Billboard described the song as a "low-slung". MostlyJunkFood.com described the song and video as "another one of those weak on lyrical content, but making up for it with a bangin beat and some standard Chris Breezy dancin' abouts". In January 2011, the song was recognized by MTV Jams as the "Jam Of The Week". Although the song only spent one week on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 97 on June 18, 2011, it spent fourteen weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart peaking at 77 on July 16, 2011 and was listed on the Top Heatseekers list for eleven weeks, peaking at number 12 on June 18, 2011.
The original video was directed by Alex Nazari. TheFUNKtion vs theKICKback mixtape that included "Cat Daddy" was produced by JHawk.
Kate Upton Videos
Kate Upton recorded a viral video of the song.
Kate Upton, who in February 2012 was the cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, recorded a video of the Dougie that went viral and garnered over 5 million hits in April 2011. She announced her intention to release a video performance of the Cat Daddy when she served as Grand Marshall for the 2012 Daytona 500. The video of Upton dancing on a break between photo shots was posted online on April 30.
After garnering close to 1 million hits in the first 24 hours, YouTube banned Kate Upton's version of the dance from their site for being too risquÃ©. After some deliberation about whether it "violated the website's rules on nudity and sexual content" the video was restored to their website. Upton's Cat Daddy video clip was a part of Terry Richardson's vlog. Richardson has a reputation for "raunchy" artwork. According to the Los Angeles Times the video was removed on May 1, 2012 while the Daily News reported its removal was May 2.
Both agree that the video was restored late on May 2, although Fox News reports that it was initially restored with an age restriction. During the YouTube ban, Upton's Cat Daddy gained exposure at Vimeo when Richardson uploaded it there in response to the ban. As of February 24, 2014, her version of the dance has received about 19.5 million YouTube views.[
Following Upton's April 30 rendition, The Rej3ctz were impressed enough with Upton that they attempted to contact her regarding future collaboration(s). On the June 21, 2012 edition of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon she performed a fully clothed rendition of the "Cat Daddy" alongside Fallon. Prior to performing the dance she described the movements of the dance as buckling a seatbelt and rolling a wheelchair. YouTube now hosts videos of numerous celebrities doing the Cat Daddy including Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.