Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is an American rapper and singer born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey. She is the daughter of rapper and media mogul Benzino, and has five brothers. She started making music at age 14. At age 16, Leray dropped out of high school and started working in sales. In 2011, inspired by her father, she started rapping and released her first songs under the name Coi Leray (inspired by the Japanese koi fish). Leray has ADHD. She has stated that she has plans to pursue a degree in culinary arts. She has cited Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Doja Cat, Bon Jovi, Chief Keef, Chris Brown, Slick Woods, and Jazzelle Zanaughtti as inspirations. In 2021, Leray received an honorary diploma from Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. As of 2021, she lives in Los Angeles.
Her breakout single, “Huddy” was released in 2018. It garnered over 7.2M views on its official music video on YouTube. The beat is produced by Noc. The song was written by Coi Leray.
Three: No More Parties feat. Lil Durk
“No More Parties” is a song by American rapper Coi Leray, released on January 22, 2021, through 1801 Records and Republic Records. A remix of the song, featuring fellow American rapper Lil Durk, was released on February 19, 2021, with the remix being included on Leray’s debut studio album Trendsetter (2022). The song was Leray’s first release of 2021. Leray wrote the song alongside its producers Maaly Raw and Okaykhan. A snippet of the song went viral on the video-sharing platform TikTok, accruing over 42 million views in a week, and it became her first charting song on any chart after peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 26. The official music video garnered over 93M views on YouTube. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Two: Blick Blick feat. Nicki Minaj
“Blick Blick” is a song by American rapper Coi Leray and Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released through Republic Records and 1801 on March 18, 2022 as the fifth and last single of Leray’s debut studio album Trendsetter. It garnered over 36M views on its official music video on YouTube. The song was written by the artists alongside Randall Hammers, Asia Smith, and producers Dr. Luke, Rocco Did It Again!, Ryan Ogren, and Mike Crook. The single peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 68 in Canada.
Twinnem feat. dababy
Garnering over 6.8M views on its official audio on YouTube. The song “Twinnem” features another sensational rapper, Dababy. The song went viral on TikTok, and a remix of the song featuring DaBaby was released in November 2021.
FYI: Although she has not won any award, she has been nominated for quite a number of awards. At the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, she was nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist and Best Female hip-hop Artist. Also nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at the IHeart Radio Music Awards.
“Players” is a song by American rapper and singer Coi Leray. It was released as a single through Uptown Records on November 30, 2022. Leray wrote the song with producer Johnny Goldstein, alongside WorldWideFresh and Feli Ferraro. It contains samples of American hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s 1982 single, “The Message”, from their debut studio album The Message. It garnered over 7.1M views on its official music video on YouTube. It peaked at number 8 on the ARIA Chart, number 6 on the New Zealand Chart and the US Rhythmic Billboard. It was also a huge sensation on the popular app TikTok accruing over 52.6m views.