Tray Little

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Born (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 29)
Detroit, Michigan
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Social media personality
Years active2019–present
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Spouse(s)Jessica Little

Tray Little (born June 17, 1994) is an American rapper, songwriter, producer and social media personality. He gained internet popularity by posting his music and sharing videos on the mobile-app TikTok, amassing over 1.1 million followers in 2020.[1]

Early life

Little was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised by his teenage mother after his father passed away due to gun violence when Little was 4 years old.[2] Little was introduced to rap he was 9 years old, listening to artists such as Master P, No Limit Soldiers, Silkk The Shocker, Mystikal while taking road trips with his aunt. Living in the Linwood area of Detroit, he began rapping and songwriting in his teens and later began producing his own music. Some of his work was inspired by his own personal experiences and stories from overcoming the street wars of Detroit.[3][4]


In December 2016, Tray Little released his first EP titled "From The Ashes," enlisting music producer Seth Anderson from Detroit studio Assemble Sound who helped complete the project.[4] In January 2018, he released his music video for his single "Live It Up" which amassed over 60,000 views on YouTube. Gaining some popularity from his clean-lyrics, Little performed several Detroit shows and headlined for acts such as Christian rock band Newsboys.[5] After joining the mobile-app TikTok, Tray Little started gaining internet popularity in 2019, where he earned several millions of views and likes by posting videos and music on the platform.

After the death of George Floyd, Little began rapping and using his TikTok platform to bring awareness to racial injustice.[6] In June 2020, a video began circulating on the internet of Little getting in-between protesters, diffusing tension between officers and protestors during the Black Lives Matter movement protests in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.[7][8]

In June 2020, Tray Little earned over 1 million followers on the popular video-sharing application TikTok.[9][10]

On October 30th, 2020, Little released his 9-track album entitled "Clouds in the Dirt."[11]

Musical style

Tray Little is known for using clean rap lyrics in his music, which draws from his personal life stories. He describes how he would get inspired by artists such as Travis Scott and Kanye West by watching them tour on Youtube. When asked about his influence with XMPL, Little says "I don’t want to be a Kidz Bop rapper just saying what to do, because rap music is turning up a lot of times but I want to use my story to inspire people."[2]

Personal life

In 2015, Tray married Jessica Little and they welcomed their son Jairus in 2017.[12]


Extended plays

Title Details
From The Ashes • Released: December 9, 2016

• Format: Digital download, streaming

Out The Mud • Released: June 7, 2019

• Format: Digital download, streaming


Title Details
Clouds in the Dirt • Released: October 30, 2020

• Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles as lead artist

List of singles as a lead artist, showing year released and album
Title Year Album
"Live It Up" 2016 From The Ashes
"Slow Down" 2018
"Live It Up Remix" 2018
"Let It Bang" 2018 Out The Mud
"My Mind"

(featuring Del)

2018 Out The Mud
"Bad" 2018
"Celebrate Life" 2018
"Mirror" 2018 Out The Mud
"Never Quit" 2019 Out The Mud
"Great" 2019
"Worst Nightmare" 2019
"Madlit" 2019
"Rage" 2019
"Skate" 2020
"Lost" 2020
"The Corona" 2020
"Mask On" 2020 Clouds in the Dirt
"I Can't Breathe (George Floyd)" 2020

Tray Little in the media



  1. "ABOUT | Tray Little | Detroit". Tray Little. Retrieved 2020-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Buddha, Sneaker. "Rapper Tray Little On His Music, Detroit Influence and More". XMPL. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  3. "Tray Little". Genius. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Artist Spotlight: Tray Little". EMCEE. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2020-08-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Tray Little Releases Music Video for 'Let It bang', Watch Here". Rapzilla. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  6. "Tray Little Uses TikTok, Music Fame To Bring Awareness To Racial Injustice During Detroit Protests". CW Detroit. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2020-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Detroit music star Tray Little talks about how he diffused outside instigators at protests". FOX 2 Detroit. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  8. "News Break | Michigan State | Detroit music star Tray Little talks -". News Break. Retrieved 2020-11-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Golich, Jessica. "Interview: Tray Little". Life Beyond The Music. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  10. "Thanks for all the love make sure you go follow my other pages! #greenscreen #1milion #1millionfollowers". TikTok. June 23, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Tray Little on Instagram: "It's been over 9 years since I've released a full body of music and I know now is the time after years of traveling, creating, releasing…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  12. "Tray Little | Biography, Age, Height, Net Worth (2020), Family ©". WorldTop2. 2020-06-17. Retrieved 2020-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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