Bibi Bourelly, the 20-year-old Berlin-bred writer behind Rihanna’s “B*tch Better Have My Money”
In times of crisis, life usually offers two options: run with it or from it. For 20-year-old singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly, has already been able to turn a negative into a positive and it has only made her success stronger.– “Trusting your imagination, taking risks and being unapologetically yourself is more than a personal manifesto.” In fact, she believes those elements form the common source of power that ignites us all.
With roots from North Africa, and Germany, Bibi grew up listening to musicians from Senegal, Trinidad, Poland, Nigeria and all around the world from her dad Jean-Paul Bourelly who is a prestigious guitar player. “Now I know fearlessness,” Bourelly calmly and assuredly stated in reference to her journey, While fighting through school, Bibi reached a turning point. She placed a bet on herself, left Berlin in the 10th grade, and traveled to America to fully pursue her music career – which started in the D.M.V., before moving to Los Angeles.
“think about how many dreams die with people – if you don’t believe in yourself, whatever you’re doing is for no reason.”
Bibi Bourelly wrote a soulful song she completed in 30 minutes. That song became Rihanna’s “Higher”. When Kanye West brought Rihanna in for “Higher”, he ended up playing “B*tch Better Have My Money”, which she swiftly gravitated toward and selected as the lead single to her anticipated new album R8.
Before #BBHMM became a Rihanna world premiere, it was a just a 20-year-old woman from Berlin called Bibi; bitchin’ about her bad mood over unfinished beats from Roc Nation’s Deputy at a local LA studio.
With a new song of her own, “Riot”, that she released – we’re sure to hear much more from the incredibly talented artist.
#RIOT Bibi Bourelly