Coi Leray Collins was born on May 11, 1997 in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey. She has five brothers and is the daughter of rapper and media mogul Benzino. Leray’s parents divorced after her father left The Source magazine as its Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner. She started making music at age 14 and at age 16 she dropped out of high school and started working in sales.
After quitting her job, Leray released her debut single, a response to A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s song “DTB” titled “G.A.N.”, in 2018 through SoundCloud. Her breakout single, “Huddy”, and her debut mixtape, ‘Everythingcoz’ were both released in 2018. In December 2018, she was included as a featured artist alongside LouGotCash on the track “Save the Day” by American rapper Ski Mask the Slump God and singer Jacquees from the SoundCloud album for the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Her second mixtape, ‘EC2’, was released on January 18, 2019, through 1801 Records and Republic Records. She accompanied American rapper Trippie Redd on his Life’s a Trip Tour in early 2019 and released the single “Good Days” in March 2019. She released her debut extended play, ‘Now or Never’ in August 2020. Her single, “No More Parties”, was released in January 2021 and became her first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 26. A remix of the song featuring American rapper Lil Durk was released in February of 2021, for which a music video was directed by Reel Goats and released the following month.
On March 18, 2022, Leray released a collaboration with Nicki Minaj titled “Blick Blick”, which debuted and peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. Leray released her debut studio album, ‘Trendsetter’, on April 8, 2022. It includes collaborations with Yung Bleu, G Herbo, Pooh Shiesty, Chief Keef, Mustard, Nav, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Young M.A. and Lil Tecca.