You might not know her name (yet) but you do know Bebe Rexha’s voice.
You hear it on the hit single “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash, you hear it on the radio right now thanks to David Guetta’s summer jam “Hey Mama” and you even hear it in the background of “Monster,” the Billboard topping song with Eminem and Rihanna.
The 25-year-old musician wrote the international smash “Monster,” and despite the doors the song opened for the singer, she is still fighting for the recognition she deserves.
“Monster” was originally intended to be her song with Lupe Fiasco, but when Eminem and Rihanna stepped into the picture, things changed very quickly, and not necessarily with Rexha’s full blessing. More recently, she was not officially featured on David Guetta’s hit “Hey Mama,” but that has since been fixed. Now, she is set to prove once and for all that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Her debut solo album is set for release this September, and while Rexha has proven she knows how to make a radio hit, that is not her goal.
“I am here to create something new and fresh and something that has not been heard before,” Rexha told StyleBlazer exclusively. “I strive to be a Madonna, a Michael Jackson, a Prince, a Lauryn Hill. These are people that are saying something.”
From her single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” to “Monster,” it is very clear that Rexha writes from the heart, using music and song writing as therapy. Her style is also reflective of her “dark undertones,” usually clad in all black with a bold red lip but “always Bebe. It never changes.”
Rexha is slowly paving her way through the music industry one hit song at a time, even if it’s just her voice, and not her name, you hear.
Before catching Bebe Rexha on the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party tonight, or on the Warped Tour this summer, read our exclusive interview below:
On writing “Monster”: “A lot of people don’t know this, but that song was supposed to me and Lupe Fiasco. I actually did not want to shop the record, and I think someone played it for Em, and he wanted it. I never met Rihanna, I never met Eminem. I don’t sit there in the room with eminem and rihanna, its not how it works. It kind of upsets people, but it’s not what you think it is. I think that in the beginning, you’re young and super excited about it, and it’s kind of like ‘you can’t have that song’. But when Eminem gets in the picture, everyone listens. But it was good for me, and it opened a lot of doors for me and I am very grateful for it.”
On her solo album: “Two, three years ago I was in a real shitty place and I wanted to always be real with my music, and never lie about where I am at. Everything I have ever put out, it puts a stamp on where I am at. My music right now, and that time in my life, it’s is darker because that is where I was. Will I be there forever? Probably not because I am human. We are happy one year, sad another. For this album I would totally say it does have a dark undertone but a lot of the songs on the album have hope.”
On her hit single “Cant Stop Drinking About You” : “I had fallen in love for the first time in my life, and it was constant game with this guy. He was hiding a lot of secrets from me, but he was best friend. And one day he told he was still in love with his ex, and he was very confused and he kind of really messed me up. So I went out one night drinking with my friends and he had called me to say he was sorry, and I picked up the phone and said ‘I’m drinking about you, leave me alone.’ I hung up the phone and I kept on thinking about that concept and I wrote the song.”
On collaborating with other artists: “I have songs with David Guetta, Pitbull, Tinashe,Usher and Eminem and Rihanna. I am working with some of the biggest producers. The labels expect you to do it that way. I am not against that if the song is right. But a lot of times, people write the song and just throw an artist on there to get more hits. I don’t agree with that. I only write music that works for me. If it happens organically, that’s great.”
On following Oprah’s advice: “I watched an episode of Oprah and Oprah said to write a check, and write how much you want to make. I decided to put goals on the mirror so everyday when you wake up it is right in front of you. I put on there I would write an international smash. I didn’t stare at it every morning, but it was there. It was a big pink bubble. If you wake up every morning and tell yourself that you are beautiful and you are enough you start believe it and you start taking better care of yourself, and everything falls into place.”
On her personal style: “I like street chic. Sometimes when I’m in the mood I like to go for a grunge glamour look and throw on a leather jacket with red lips.”