Coi Leray has been making waves in the last couple of months with anticipation for debut album entitled Trendsetters.
“My dad is a great man and I love him,” Coi began to explain. She informed the crew at the radio station that her dad just got really excited over the prospect of a Nicki Minaj collaboration.
“She heard it through the grapevine. One of my teams sent it to her team.” The song became a dream come true as Coi is a life long Minaj fan.
“I told him don’t say a word, I didn’t even send him the song,” Coi joked. Upon finding out about her dad’s mishap, she felt that her life was over. “I’m like ‘She’s canning it.’ I threw my phone, ‘Nicki’s done, she’s not calling me back no more.'”
Coi instantly questioned her dad, to which he quickly apologized. “I don’t know if I was more hurt of the fact that I felt like I lost the verse or I felt like my father was humiliated and he was so proud and he was so crushed.”
A generational divide was also discussed. Charlamagne informed the 23 year old artist that he was not her target demographic because of his age and rappers he is currently listening to such as Pusha T. “I’m 43. I don’t think your music is for me,” Charlamagne told Coi Leray.
“In the first week, first two weeks, it’s gonna take time for people to process things. Because you still stuck on Pusha T, and there are people in this generation now that’s kind of like not making this music,” Coi added before going on a long-winded tangent about the generational differences. She said that the sex-positive message in her music isn’t as explicit as Lil Kim or even Salt-N-Pepa‘s “Push It.”
“No disrespect. I love y’all but I call ’em dinosaurs,” she continued. “When you actually look at the history of a dinosaur, they have so many great things about them, right?… but there so [extinct] and so not here anymore and you have to really dig deep to find a fossil.”
Charlamagne disagreed with the assessment as Coi, once again, brought Pusha T’s name up. “But he’s got a new album coming out and he’s still fresh. You should hope to have that kind of longevity,” Charlamagne responded.
“Pusha T… okay,” she began. “It’s a little dark,” she continued. “I like Pusha T but my cover is bright and colorful. You look at Pusha T’s, it’s black and white and dark. So if that’s the type of time you want to be on, you might need to tap in with a Trendsetter and listen to it and get some spark in your life.”
She also spoke about Canadian rapper, Pressa, and how she believes he is a great artist that is still trying to fit into the United States market. As her fans know, the two got really close after their collaboration “Attachments.”
Angela Yee asked about their current situation, “Are you still in your relationship?” Leray responded “No, I’m single,” and the artist went on to explain why.
“I love Pressa. I think he is amazing, he is a sweet man, We’re still great friends,” she begins. “As a new artist, I feel like it’s selfish of me to paint you to what I would want you to be, knowing you can’t right now.”
Check out the full interview below.