How Did Coi Leray Get Famous? Benzino’s Daughter Addresses Low Album Sales Critics

Coi Leray says she doesn’t have time to chase after her haters because she’s the breadwinner of her family.

There was a time when you couldn’t log into social media without running across something related to Coi Leray. It could be a thirst trap, a new single, slick comments from her peers, or clap backs to her haters. Yet, there hasn’t been much from Leray in recent months following the release of her anticipated debut album, Trendsetter.

When it was shared that Trendsetter sold 11K units in its first week, Coi Leray found herself a target for naysayers. In a new interview with Amazon Music’s Bars and Nuggets podcast, the rapper dismisses any criticism.

“They try to sh*t on my album. My album’s about to be gold. Let it be gold and you got to let them know. You got to champion you. They said the first week it sold 11,000 sales. It’s so crazy, because out of all the albums that drop, nobody like, goes viral like that,” she said before referencing her haters who only comment on the negative.

“I keep their lights on, they keep my lights on. I don’t mind the blogs doing whatever they gotta do, right? But y’all gonna respect me. Y’all gonna appreciate me,” Leray continued. “They try to knock you down and really try to poke you. And it’s better when you poke at them.”

Coi Leray
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She also mentioned not having time to run down everyone who has something to say about her life because she’s responsible for taking care of her family.

“I’m the big dog now. I f*ckin’ wear the pants, I take care of family. And that’s what God put me here to do. I’m going to continue to do that.”

Check out her interview below.

How did Coi Leray get famous?

Coi Leray Collins is an American rapper and singer.

Collins was born on May 11, 1997, in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey. She is the daughter of rapper and media mogul Benzino, and has five brothers. Leray’s parents divorced after her father left The Source. She started making music at age 14. At age 16, Leray dropped out of high school and started working in sales.

Leray began posting music to SoundCloud and released her single “Huddy”, along with her debut mixtape Everythingcoz in 2018.

After signing a record deal with 1801 Records and Republic Records, she released her second mixtape, EC2 (2019), and her debut extended play, Now or Never (2020).

In 2021, the Lil Durk-assisted remix of her single, “No More Parties”, reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2022, Leray released her debut studio album Trendsetter, which spawned her collaborative single with Nicki Minaj, “Blick Blick”, which also reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The female artist made her debut in the music industry with her breakout single, “No More Parties” featuring Lil Durk in 2021. Since the success of that single, Coi Leray is proving that she is here to stay, following viral singles such as “BIG PURR,” and “TWINNEM.

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