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Born in Boston and raised in New Jersey, a teenage Leray quit her day job to pursue music, issuing her first viral hit, "G.A.N.," in 2017. Follow-up "Pac Girl" fared just as well and both singles landed on her first full-length, Everythingcoz, which arrived in 2018. She also joined the superstar roster for the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Later that year, she expanded her audience with the well-received track "Huddy" from her second effort, 2019's EC2 (Republic Records). That album also featured a collaboration with Trippie Redd ("Big Dawgs"); she returned the favor by appearing on his LP ! ("Everything BoZ").
Leray launched 2020 with a slew of singles, including "Better Days" with Fetty Wap and "Lost in Time" with Wifisfuneral. A third pairing, "Slide" with Gunna, was included on her EP Now or Never, which also featured Kiana Lede and Sevyn Streeter. She closed the year with the single "Merry Xmas." In 2021, she delivered the track "No More Parties," which went viral on TikTok and eventually reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. More tracks followed, including "Big Purr (Prrdd)" featuring Pooh Shiesty and "Twinnem" featuring DaBaby. She also paired with Nicki Minaj for 2022's "Blick Blick." That trio of songs were later featured on Leray's official studio debut, the Billboard 200-charting Trendsetter. The trap-heavy album also included guests Fivio Foreign, Young M.A, G Herbo, H.E.R., and many more.
Without rest, Leray released the stand-alone singles "Involved" and "Fly Shit" before hitting gold with her next album era. Going multi-platinum with the Top Ten-charting, Grandmaster Flash-sampling global smash "Players," she made further inroads into the pop mainstream with her sophomore LP, COI. A sample-heavy affair, the album balanced radio-friendly pop-rap bops with more aggressive fare and featured additional guests such as Saucy Santana, Giggs, Skillibeng, and David Guetta, whose Technotronic-sampling "Make My Day" joined two other album cuts and the non-album single "Baby Don't Hurt Me" with Anne-Marie. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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