Bibi Bourelly is a fierce, outspoken, spiritually intuitive, wavy-haired musical genius- and damn, does shawty look good.
If there’s one thing you can be sure to gain from this artist, it’s authenticity.
Bibi keeps things real-as-hell. In a recent interview with Noisey, she spit some serious truth regarding the pressures of the music industry.
“Of course I feel pressures – it’s the fucking entertainment industry. And I’m a black woman, who isn’t pristine or perfect and is very open about that. But I don’t give a fuck, y’all, this is who I am – I shouldn’t have to pretend. For what? To hide who the fuck I am? We’re all imperfect, we’ve all got issues: weird psychological insecurities, problems. Why the fuck am I gonna sit here and pretend like I don’t have none of that?”
But musical pressures aren’t enough to stop her genius.
The musical icon was best known for being the writer behind Riri’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” but has since re-emerged as an independent artist.
Since then, Bibi has been working on her own style of music.
Her recent release, “Skeletons,” an emotionally attached acoustic ballad of love, is driven with passion and longing for her ex-boo thang.
The music writer and solo artist talks about the hardships of life that she’s faced often.
Growing up, Bourelly lost her mother at the age of 6, and as a result, ended up splitting her time between her father who toured as a musician, and her aunt and uncle’s home in Maryland.
Bibi shared with Vibe how easy it was for her to learn music.
“I learned the language of music the same way a child picks up on English. Or whatever their mother’s language is. It was around me. And when a child randomly says, ‘momma or dada?’ That’s what happened to me. I just started doing it. It was just in me, and I started speaking that language.”
Other big names in the music industry have taken an interest in Bourelly since she first emerged in the spotlight, only 3 years ago. Artists Lil Wayne, Usher, Selena Gomez, Camilla Cabello, and Nick Brewer have collaborated with Bourelly on projects.
Bourelly’s music is driven by emotional truths and hidden messages. If you’re looking for an introspective take on life, consider popping on one of her songs and losing yourself in the internal chaos of life.
Then we have singles like “Ballin'” touching on the everyday struggles of life in the chillest way possible, soothing the listener over with smooth R&B beats.
This is an opposite composition from “Sunshine,” which dropped last month, (don’t be fooled by the title).
“Sunshine” is a deep, dark, rhythm-guitar strung single written from the inner depths of her soul.
“Said I don’t take compliments well but I’m so self obsessed
That I think up a storm and I dream up a mess love
And I don’t rely on anyone else I’d rather sip ’til I die
And shut all the blinds.”
Raw as fuck.
If you’re looking for more passionate inspiration, you can always peep her @BibiBourelly Twitter page, where she drops facts like this:
"U spend the majority of your life trying to figure things out until you get to the point where your realize that you should just let it be"
— Bibi (@BibiBourelly) October 11, 2017
As someone going through her quarter-life crisis, I feel you, girl.
Hopefully, we’ll be seeing much more of Bibi in the upcoming year. I can’t wait to see what the independent vocalist has in store for us next.