Coi Leray talks new singles, upcoming album, working with Pharrell and more

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Fresh off the success of “Players,” Coi Leray feels her “hard work is actually finally paying off.” With a goal of becoming an icon like Lil’ KimMissy Elliott or Queen Latifah, she tells People, “It just feels good to know that everything that me and my team manifested and worked hard for is actually finally showing to the world.”

Coi says she’d promised her label she’d be one of the hardest working and “biggest artists in the world, especially one of the biggest females in hip-hop.” While on that path, she consecutively released two singles, “Bops” and “My Body,” a move she felt would show her versatility.

She says her entire album is “about to be so insane.”

“At the end of the day, I know them numbers matter and people care about the numbers. But I really love music and I really do this s*** for myself,” says Coi. “This isn’t something to just go get clout off and get validation if I’m on the top charts or not.”

“No, I make music because I love making music and it’s something that I enjoy doing, and I wouldn’t want to trade it in for nothing,” she continued. “There’s nothing more that I love than actually just being in that studio and creating and just being the creator.”

Coi’s love and confidence in herself and her music is why she couldn’t care less about critics and body shamers.

“I always told myself like, ‘Yo, I’m a superhero.’ And at the end of the day, no matter what, there’s always a villain in every superhero movie and I’m ready for whatever,” Coi says.

It also helps that Pharrell, who worked on four songs off her album, told her, “You’re a problem. And it’s over … You are it.”


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