Bebe Rexha has been around for nearly a decade in the music industry. From writing songs with rapper Eminem to releasing some modern pop albums that have had people flocking to the dance floor, this young star is multi-talented and making a name for herself. Considering she has collaborated with some of the biggest artists, and released two studio albums, this star has some staying power. Before her rise to fame, Bebe Rexha came from a modest home in New York City.
Bleta Rexha was born on August 30, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York to Flamur Rexha and Bukurije Rexha. Her father Flamur was born in North Macedonia. Considering North Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia at the time, he decided to move to the United States at 21 years of age. Her mother Burkurje who was born in the United States was born to an Albanian family. She and her family moved to Staten Island when the young star was only six.Growing up Rexha had large access to musical instruments. For example, she played trumpet in school and eventually taught herself how to play both the guitar and the piano. She attended school in Staten Island where she first got a real taste of the limelight. The singer was a part of several theater performances at her school. She also decided to join the choir so she could hone in her craft. It was in the choir where she learned that she sings in a coloratura soprano octave.When she was a teenager she decided that she should take a stab at singing. She performed at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ yearly Grammy day. Her submission did prove to be a good idea because she got rave reviews from critics. The singer beat over 700 other entrants. Her success was impressive and got the attention of Samantha Cox who was a former talent scout. From there she enrolled the singer into songwriting classes in Manhattan.
Rexha met Pete Wentz who was the bassist for the rock group Fall Out Boy. She was the lead for Wentz who was a member of the band The Black Cards. The group did produce a variety of songs and remixes with her as the lead singer. In 2013 the singer signed with Warner Brothers Records as a solo artist. Before signing with the label she had already written songs for big-name artists like Selena Gomez and Nikki Williams. She was best known for her songwriting with rapper Eminem for “The Monster.” In March of 2014, she released her debut single, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” which peaked at number 22 on the Top Heat Seekers charts. In the summer of that year, the music video was released and was inspired by the movies Girl Interrupted and Melancholia. In the fall of that year, the singer worked with Pitbull on his song “This Is Not.a Drill” and was featured on NBC’s The Today Show where she performed “I Can’t Stop Drinking Without You.” At the end of 2014, Rexha released two more tracks, “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” and “Gone.”
Her first official EP, ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” was released through Warner Brothers Records on May 12, 2015. Later that year she was featured on David Guetta’s track “Hey Mama” with Nicki Minaj and Afro Jack. The song was so popular, it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard charts that year. Unfortunately, the song did not originally credit Rexha even though you can hear her on vocals in the background. In the summer of 2015, she was given the rightful credit for the work on the track. In early 2015, the singer collaborated with rapper G-Eazy on “Me, Myself, & I” and it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Charts and number one on the U.S. Pop Songs charts. After meeting Nicki Minaj’s manager Gee Roberson, she convinced him to get the rapper to collaborate with her on a track. The result with the 2016 hit “No Broken Hearts” featured the rapper and the music video was released in April of that year. If previous years said anything about Rexha’s rise to stardom, then 2016 was the year the artist took it to the next level. She released “I Got You” and “No Broken Hearts” that were originally intended and written for her All Your Fault Album. Her single ‘I Got you” peaked at Number 43 on the Billboard charts and number 17 on the U.S. Pop Songs Charts. The video was released in early 2017 and was viewed over 50 million times in the first week alone.
All Your Fault
In September of 2017, Rexha began to tease a bunch of new songs for her All Your Fault series on her social media pages. That plan never made it to completion because the singer said she had already started working on a new endeavor, “Expectations.” Her debut, full-length album was released on June 22, 2018. Later that year she was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards but ultimately lost to fellow singer Dua Lipa. She didn’t let her loss prevent her from making new music. In early 2019 the singer released the song “Last Hurrah” and was received well by fans and critics. With all the fame and success she was experiencing, she jumped at the opportunity to continue putting herself out there as a high-profile artist who could potentially help other aspiring singers break into the music industry. She decided that she would take a position on the music competition show The Voice as a coach for the 16th season of the series.In April of 2019, the singer released the tracklist for her upcoming album. She went into detail about the album’s inspiration and what music influences each track. Rexha who is an avid fan of Britney Spears said that the album was heavily influenced by Spears and her music. When the Jonas Brothers announced their tour in May of 2019, it was reported that the singer would support the brothers on their Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour. She also collaborated with The Chainsmokers for their track “Call You Mine.” In June of 2019, the singer revealed that was going back into the studio to work on more music. “I am heading off to the studio now and I am just creating, creating, and creating….. Everything I have been writing now is very empowering and in-your-face and I am excited about it,” she told us.
Considering she had been pretty prolific at the time, she admitted that she is trying to keep up with other artists who she respects. “Everyone is always a little competitive. That’s a normal human nature trait. I am excited. I am a big fan of Miley. I love everything she puts out, I am very excited actually,” she said. The singer stated that she would like to work with other artists like Ariana Grande on girl power albums that make women feel empowered and supported. 2020 proved to be a difficult year for many different people in the music industry. The coronavirus pandemic pretty much made the music scene nonexistent while people are at home longing for a level of normalcy they miss. Fortunately for fans of Rexha, she has been in and out of the studio creating music for an upcoming album. One song she worked on was a body-positive anthem “Baby, I’m Jealous” with Doja Cat. According to the singer, the song was a comment on her relationship at the time. Her boyfriend allegedly signed onto Instagram and liked a bunch of photos which made her jealous. “I was like, ‘Listen. I’ve been dating this guy and he kept liking all these girls’ pictures on Instagram. Is there something wrong with me? Do I need to be like them?’ Cause I don’t look like that. I know I’m beautiful, but I feel insecure,” she said. “We wanted to take the feeling of jealousy and put all my insecurities into a song. It became empowering.”After writing “Baby I’m Jealous” Rexha knew that she had to find the perfect person to collab with her, not the track. Considering Doja Cat made a name for herself in previous years for being a feminist rapper, it seemed like the right choice to go with her. “Our teams hooked us up and we talked on FaceTime, just because I wanted to get her energy and her vibe,” Rexha said. “From the start, I was like, ‘This girl is so funny and awesome.’ Ever since that FaceTime, she ended up doing the song and we’ve been hanging out. She’s hardworking, and she’s a fun person to work with. That was the most important thing for me about this collaboration. I wanted to have fun instead of it feeling like work.”The decision turned out to be the right one. The song continues to make its way around to all her biggest fans. The video features both the pop star and the rapper in the female empowerment anthem. “It was inspired by real stuff I go through as a female. In the song, I wanted to talk about how I’m not the thinnest and how I don’t look like a supermodel. I have a relationship with food. There might be a piece of egg on my face, but whatever. I love to eat, and that’s who I am. I wanted to put in that in the song. In the video, we have the girls put a waist trainer on me and tightened the waist trainer because, back in the day, a smaller waistline was a sign of being pretty. The song in general came from all of my insecurities. I think about that dichotomy, one day I love myself and one day I don’t and how I’m trying to let my insecurities go and become a better me.” She said of the video. Rexha divulged that Doja Cat got sick while on the set of the video. “The first scene of the music video we were shooting for a while. There was this food out. You could eat it. It was edible. But you shouldn’t eat it. It was sitting out. They were spraying this water, like glycerin. Every once in a while, when the director would yell ‘cut’ and we had a second to reset, somebody in the scene would eat the food. We all ended up eating the food.Doja had taken a bite of the chicken, and she was like, ‘Oh girl, I feel like it’s already getting to me. This food has been sitting out for a long time.’ It was so funny. The food didn’t taste that bad. But we were scared we were going to get sick.”Rexha has a reason to be confident. Considering she was nominated for a grammy and has written songs for some of the world’s biggest stars including Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas, she remains humble and thankful for all that she has experienced in the music industry. “When I was younger, I was such a dreamer. I wanted to be in music,” Rexha said. “It’s crazy how this cereal was a part of my whole life. To have everything in life come full circle is cool for me. These little things keep me going and remind me how blessed I am to do what I love.”Over the years Rexha has made a name for herself in the music industry and a good reason. She not only is a talented musician and songwriter but remains humble considering all of her continued success. Since she is influenced by some of the biggest names in pop music and performs so effortlessly, she certainly has to stay power. These days it is a breath of fresh air to find an artist that is not only an outspoken advocate for women and the body positivity movement but seems accessible and kind to her fans. You will certainly see that Rexha will be around for the long haul. Sources: https://www.list.co.uk/article/108921-bebe-rexha-teases-very-empowering-new-album/https://stylecaster.com/bebe-rexha-doja-cat-baby-im-jealous/https://people.com/celebrity/bebe-rexha-meet-the-hit-song-writer-no-broken-hearts-singer/