In the world of songwriting, inspiration can come from anywhere. For Brooklyn-born Albanian artist Bebe Rexha, it just so happens to come from her own life experiences. Our first introduction to her as a solo artist was the emotional single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” a song inspired by one of her breakups.
When asked about the difficulty of placing herself back in those sensitive situations, she spoke on the therapeutic results of such songwriting. “When I realize that I’m no longer in that situation, it feels good. I’m getting rid of all of this stuff off my chest and I’m putting it in a song,” she replied.
Just last month, Bebe released her debut EP titled I Don’t Wanna Grow Up. The 5-track project encompasses enough range to showcase her ability to empower with dark, piercing records like “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” as well as relate with “Sweet Beginnings,” a reminder that everything that glitters isn’t always gold.
“I believed that fame and money and everything would kind of make you okay and healthy and happy,” she told us. “I got to a point where I was like ‘Wow, I can’t handle it anymore.’”
And these words are coming from the woman who penned Eminem’s massively successful Rihanna-assisted single “The Monster.” She’s also opened on tour with Usher and Bruno Mars and recently wrapped up a brief European tour. It was this time overseas where Bebe continued getting a glimpse of her purpose. While having a top-40 single, millions of streams on Spotify, and performing “Hey Mama” with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj are all great, Bebe just wants her music to continue touching her fans.
“This was my first tour in Europe and Scandinavia and these kids came up to me crying and shaking,” she said. “Knowing that my music healed me and it also heals other people, that’s what keeps me going.”
In this exclusive, Bebe Rexha details her songwriting process and musical influences. She also responds to Andrew Powell-Morse’s new study, which revealed that many songs on the Billboard charts are averaging a third-grade reading level and gives her take on Spotify.
And she dishes on her debut LP, which is due later this year.
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