But she maintains that she killed her freestyles.
“You thought I was about to spit the hottest fire flame,” she said. “Let me tell y’all something…I feel like, personally, I had the best XXL freestyle. Me and Lakeyah fa sho had the best XXL freestyle. Especially my whole class of the cyphers. I haven’t even heard the cyphers, other cyphers yet. And I know we had the best cypher. Especially me.”
However, when she was revealed as one of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2021, rap fans felt Leray had not put in enough work that she just wasn’t talented enough.
But her unwavering self-confidence and self-belief have earned her a solid following.
“What I learned about being a female in the industry is more so you can’t really envy, as long as you know your worth then you can’t be stressing about any other female. With that attitude, it helps you be able to collaborate with great artists. A lot of females don’t have that, and it stops a lot of great music,” she said in an interview with Hype Bae.
However, she also admits that her desire to rap was fairly recent.
“I actually never had that feeling until the end of 2018. I always knew that I was talented and you know I definitely grew up around music. Music is in my blood so I always knew somehow it was going to find me,” she explains.