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Bebe Rexha: ‘I’m a little f–ked up’ — but making ‘Higher Errors’

For an artist whose new album known as “Higher Errors,” Bebe Rexha positive has made a lot of the appropriate strikes in her profession.

First having success as a songwriter, co-writing the 2013 Eminem and Rihanna smash “The Monster,” she went on to attain her personal hits — together with 2015’s “Me, Myself & I” (with G-Eazy) and 2017’s “Meant To Be” (with Florida Georgia Line) — and earn a Finest New Artist Grammy nomination for her 2018 debut album, “Expectations.”

Now, along with her newest album out Friday, the 31-year-old pop diva — an Albanian-American who was born Bleta Rexha in Brooklyn earlier than shifting to Staten Island as a youngster — reveals how she acquired a a co-sign from Queen, why she shares her psychological well being struggles and what makes her a “no-bulls–t” New Yorker (though she lives in Los Angeles).

The title of your album is “Higher Errors.” So what’s the very best mistake you’ve ever made?

It wasn’t a mistake that I made — it was a mistake that one other artist made. My supervisor had known as me and stated that Florida Georgia Line was within the studio and that this different artist had canceled on them and that they needed to put in writing [with me] … So I went into the studio, and we ended up writing “Meant To Be.”

Bebe Rexha performing
Bebe Rexha rocked the runway throughout New York Vogue Week in February 2020.
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‘I’m a little f–ked up — but so are you. You understand, like, all of us are.’

Bebe Rexha, on the true story behind her new track ‘Mama’

You collaborate with Rick Ross in your new track “Amore,” which is a hip-hop tackle “That’s Amore.” The unique is method earlier than your time, so the place did that concept come from?

It’s my dad’s favourite track. After I was rising up, that’s all he would play, and he would sing “When the moon hits your eye like a massive pizza pie …” And I used to be like, “How may we flip ‘Amore’ in, like, a cool method and make it extra present and recent?” And in order that’s how we did it.

After which your album ends on a very private observe with “Mama.” How did your relationship with your individual mom affect that track? 

My mother had me when she was actually younger. She was about 17. And I believe that after I was rising up, she was rising up with me … And I believe with that track, I used to be like, “Pay attention, you’ve carried out the very best you could possibly. And I’m a little f–ked up, but so are you. You understand, like, all of us are.”

Album cover for Bebe Rexha's "Better Mistakes"
Bebe Rexha collaborates with Doja Cat, Rick Ross and Travis Barker on her new album, “Higher Errors.”

I heard a little little bit of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in “Mama,” and Freddie Mercury is credited as a co-writer on the track.

I believe [co-writer Brian Lee] had that at the back of his head subconsciously. And, in fact, after writing the track, we’re like, “OK, we’d like to ensure this will get cleared.” And as soon as Queen cleared it, we had been actually glad.

Is there one track that you simply want you had written once you take heed to it? 

I actually love “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. I believe that’s a nice report. After which I additionally assume that “Chandelier” by Sia is a nice report. I like these two songs, like, a lot.

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Bebe Rexha hopes to assist others by being open about her psychological well being struggles.
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That is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month, and also you’ve been actually open about being bipolar. Why has that been so vital for you?

I believe that after I was younger and going by nervousness and despair and feeling actually lonely, I might have cherished to listen to about one in every of my favourite celebrities or artists or anyone that I seemed as much as speaking about that, ’trigger then I might really feel much less alone … That’s why I prefer to be actually open with my psychological well being [issues], and hopefully it helps whoever on the market wants it in a roundabout way, form or type.

Rising up in New York, how did the town form you as an artist?

For me, it was simply the vitality and the cultural melting pot. One in all my next-door neighbors was Puerto Rican; one in every of them was Italian. I used to be continually listening and being launched to new music from all these totally different nations and all these totally different cultures. And [because of] the truth that hip-hop was so massive in New York, too, I grew up on a lot of hip-hop … New York Metropolis actually has formed me into the particular person I’m in the present day. I’m a no bulls–t particular person. I say it like it’s.

Bebe Rexha
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha drops her second album, “Higher Errors,” on Friday.
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