Yung Miami just went there. In her latest single, “RAP FREAKS,” the Florida rapper and one-half of hit-making duo The City Girls name-dropped fourteen celebs in less than two minutes. While capable of stirring up loads of drama, Miami says the tongue-in-cheek song is simply playful and not to be taken too seriously.
“The song is showing love to all the rappers right now, it’s nothing personal,” she tells Billboard. “I [named] a bunch of the guys who are on top, that’s hot, that’s poppin’. Nothing is personal, nothing is literal, I’m just having fun.”
Miami, born Caresha Romeka Brownlee, says she was inspired to write “RAP FREAKS” by a legacy of rappers such as Trina, Lil Kim, Biggie Smalls and Nicki Minaj releasing racy, name-dropping tracks. “I just felt like it was going to be a moment in hip-hop, so it was something that I went into the studio wanting to do,” she says.
If the track wasn’t enough to get people talking, the emcee also released a jaw-dropping BDSM-inspired music video, laden with racy scenes involving whips, cages, lace and leather just in time for Halloween. The sensual red-and-black-themed visual flashes framed photos of some of the song’s male subjects, including Diddy, Lil Baby, DaBaby, 50 Cent and Future, among others.
While he wasn’t named in “RAP FREAKS,” Miami took a moment to gush over rapper Jeezy during her interview with Billboard. Growing up, Miami says her stepfather would bump Jeezy’s songs while driving her to and from school, leading to Jeezy becoming one of her favorite rappers of all time. Miami isn’t asking for a song with Jeezy, but she does have another request. “I would love for him to perform at one of my birthday bashes,” she says. “If you’re reading this interview, that would be a good surprise for me.”
When it came to the lyrics detailing sexual propositions to both Lil Baby and DaBaby (which the former’s baby mother wasn’t too thrilled about), drunk sex with Future and dates with Diddy, Miami clarified with a flat-out “no,” that she wouldn’t actually sleep with any of the artists named.
And as if the new track isn’t buzzworthy enough, Miami has more in store via her upcoming website, CareshaPlease.com. The website is named after her legal first name, something fans insisted on calling Miami, much to her dismay. “They just don’t respect me. They like calling me Caresha, they say it feels better and that they feel like they know me,” she says. “If I’m out with my family and hear someone call me Yung Miami, I know it’s a fan. When you’ve got the whole world calling you Caresha it’s kind of weird because it’s hard to separate the two.”
Now, the rapper is leaning into “Caresha,” using the website as a platform for exclusive merch, consignment items, photos, and a line of limited edition sex toys in partnership with Kandi Burruss’s intimate brand, Bedroom Kandi. CareshaPlease will launch at 3 p.m. ET on Friday (Oct. 29).
“I’ve been thinking long and hard on it. I hope everyone just takes it as a song,” Miami said of “RAP FREAKS.” “I feel like I’m not being disrespectful to nobody or dissing nobody. It’s just a fun song I wanted to do and recreate what some of the legends did before me. I’m just being an artist.”
Although both JT and Miami have released songs as solo artists — JT alongside Summer Walker on the R&B-trap single “Ex For A Reason” and Miami on fellow rap group member Quavo’s single “Strub Tha Ground” — the City Girls are still in full effect. “We can do outside features and still be a group,” she says. “We’ve been working on music for a while and really trying to take our time with [what’s] next.”
We asked Miami for background on the various artists and socialites called out and here’s the breakdown of what we learned:
Diddy: “Took a jet to a private island on a date with Diddy/ Diddy let me put it in yo face like them roaches”
Diddy was talking about how before he came up, he woke up to roaches on his face and that’s what motivated him to get money. I just thought it was a nice bar to throw in there. That was just a rap, just something I said. It’s just wordplay. That’s my friend. I know Diddy, he’s really cool. He’s a really nice man. That’s my friend, I know him.
Lori Harvey: “Real hood b—h, I ain’t nothing like Lori”
The Lori Harvey line wasn’t a diss at all. Lori is very classy, she carries herself well, she don’t entertain anything on the internet. She’s very classy, everybody knows she’s a woman. Me, I’m more hood. I’m a City Girl, I’m outspoken, I’ll say how I feel. Anybody say something to me, I’ma clap back. So it wasn’t a diss. “Real hood b—h, I ain’t nothing like Lori,” because Lori is classy, me and her are just two different people but it wasn’t a diss.
Rod Wave: “Have Rod Wave singing in this p—y like a funeral”
I really want to work with Rod Wave. He’s one of my favorite rappers right now.
Kodak Black: “I can’t even picture myself f—in’ on ‘lil Kodak”
I don’t have any involvement with Kodak. I really don’t want to speak on him.
Moneybagg Yo & Ari Fletcher: I need a verse come through, just leave yo b—h home”
When I said the part about Moneybagg, you know the “leave yo bitch home,” that’s just me playing around. I don’t have a problem with Ari, me and Ari is actually cool. I know her, I spoke to her. Me and her show love to each other on Instagram all the time. I don’t want people to take it out of context or think too hard about it because it’s only just a song.