We talked to the Miami singer/rapper/dancer about her love for Jordans and Air Force Ones.

We talked to the Miami singer/rapper/dancer about her love for Jordans and Air Force Ones.

We talked to the Miami singer/rapper/dancer about her love for Jordans and Air Force Ones.

DaniLeigh started her career as a backup dancer, but she’s quickly moving to the forefront of not just music videos but music itself. The 25-year-old singer/rapper/dancer from Miami has been singing and dancing professionally since her early teens, but her music career really started to take off in 2017, when she signed to Def Jam. Since then, she’s released a steady stream of singles and projects culminating in her recent DaBaby-assisted “Levi High.” The song was certainly boosted by a feature from the North Carolina rapper, but he may have been returning the favor after Dani’s choreography helped make his “BOP” video a viral smash.

 

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There’s more to this rising star than the tunes and the dance moves. She’s also an avid sneakerhead. Growing up a tomboy, she loved Jordans and Air Force Ones but didn’t think she’d be the type to buy high-end sneakers. “I remember back then, I’ll be like, ‘Yo, I would never spend a rack on shoes. That’s just crazy to me,’” she told Genius over the phone, while home in L.A. “And now I’m like, damn, I do that all the time, so it’s a blessing that I’m able to do that.”
Nowadays, you can catch her in anything from classics like Bred Toe Jordan 1s or just about any color of Air Force Ones. You can also catch in more high end kicks like Balenciagas or the exclusive Sacai x Nikes, so long as they’re still comfortable enough for dancing. “I was just in my Sacais doing the ‘Toosie Slide’ for Drake,” she said. “Everybody was commenting, saying like, ‘Oh my God, not the Sacais!’ But I’m like, shoes are huge to me just to make a fit look right. I just like to always have fire kicks.”
We caught up with Dani on the phone, fresh off of her Instagram Live workout. The Puma ambassador gave us her take on a handful of lyrical sneaker references from artists like Lil Wayne and Beyoncé—and from her own lyrics.

 

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