Genre hip hop, rap

Lakeyah Danaee Robinson is an American rapper and songwriter born Feb. 28, 2001 from Milwaukee, WI. Lakeyah, who goes by the name "Lakeyah Danaee" started singing in her early childhood years and rapping since the age of 15.

In 2017, her career in music began when Lakeyah joined a group as a duo called “BTM” (beyond the music). The two sky rocketed to popularity in less than a year reaching over one million views on YouTube.

The duo "BTM" released the video “Fucked up love story”, which instantly sky rocketed their music career and social media following. Only after a year of building a musical fan base, BTM decided to split ways and Lakeyah began her journey as a solo artist.

At 17 years old she released her first solo project called “The Keymix.” The mixtape got over a million streams on SoundCloud and is still positively accumulating numbers.

At 18 years old, Lakeyah graduated Carmen high school and moved to Atlanta, Ga where she presently resides. With the release of Keymix 2 its since reached the ears of many celebrities and has already reached has over 200k+ streams in its first week.
Milwaukee rapper Lakeyah had a goal to be signed to Quality Control Music, and that moment came to fruition this year, but she's been putting in plenty of work on the road to get there.

Introducing herself to the arts by writing and competing on a poetry slam team in high school, a then-15-year-old Lakeyah had the foundation to become a rapper. Urged by her friends in her hometown of Milwaukee to try out rapping, she submitted a song for Monica's #SoGoneChallenge in 2016 (Lakeyah's freshman year of high school), and quickly went viral on Facebook. Lakeyah accepted this as a sign to continue moving forward with rapping and started dropping freestyles on Facebook and Instagram. By 2017, Lakeyah was a social media force, racking up tens of thousands of followers due to her sharp bars.

Once she turned 18 in 2019, a birthday trip to Atlanta changed her career trajectory after she saw Quality Control Music's exhibit at T.I.'s Trap Museum. Deciding that she would one day be a QC artist, Lakeyah told her mom she wanted to go to the Art Institute of Atlanta, only to drop out after attending for two months even though her mother already covered six months of rent. Now an Atlanta resident, the aspiring rhymer continued to drop new music and tag Quality Control Music cofounder Pierre "P" Thomas on her social media posts, remixing QC songs in hopes of getting onto his radar.

Her strategy paid off in late 2019, when she went viral for her swing at the #FirstDayOutChallenge, in celebration of JT of the City Girls being let out of jail last October. P called Lakeyah in January of 2020, trying to get a read on her, then didn't reach back out until this past July, when she smoked another freestyle. This time, she delivered rhymes over Lil Baby and 42 Dugg's "We Paid.

" Lil Baby retweeted her on Twitter and gave her props; P signed her a week later.

Now a Quality Control Music artist, Lakeyah, who is an open lesbian that shares much of her life with her girlfriend on social media and their YouTube channel, came with songs ready, including her debut single, "Big FlexHer," which features 42 Dugg, due to the urging of Lil Baby and Lil Yachty. "Big FlexHer" is all charisma and confidence, as Lakeyah rhymes about what she won't accept as she continues on her paper route. Her second single, "Windows," is quite different, an R&B song about life after heartbreak. Both songs have over a million views on their subsequent videos, with both coming out in the last two months.
Now, Lakeyah has her official debut, 10-track project, Time's Up, and she's ready to continue excelling at her craft to keep her momentum going. With Time's Up released, she speaks to XXL via phone for this week's edition of The Break.



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