So, Rihanna's new songwriter is this badass 20-year-old woman
Rihanna’s been dropping fantastic music left and right – yesterday, she released a new song titled “American Oxygen,” which she also debuted as part of a live performance in Indianapolis for March Madness Fest. Before that, the song that had us jamming to the sick beat was “BBHMM,” which was released in bits and pieces before going up in its entirety. It’s a hard-hitting track that will definitely be playing at every club this side of forever — but did you know that there’s also a 20-year-old songwriter behind the majesty that is this song? Rihanna actually co-wrote “BBHMM” with Jamille Pierre, Travis Scott and a young woman from Berlin, Germany named Bibi Bourelly.
In an interview with VICE, Bibi admits that she originally wrote the song with Rihanna in mind — but she never actually thought that the singer would go for it. “Hmm, we actually wrote it for fun because we thought, let’s try to write a song for Rihanna. We had no idea she would actually ever hear it or do it; we just decided. It took us forever to get it to her, and when she did hear it, she thought it was cool,” she said. She’s also penned the song “Higher” for RiRi’s upcoming album, which you can get a taste of below:
By the way, BiBi wrote “Higher” in 20 minutes. Genius. When Rihanna heard it, she was on board and soon she penned “BBHMM” and slam-dunked that one as well. But “Higher,” according to Bibi, is “really dear to her.” It is the song that, as she puts it, changed her life when it first caught Rihanna’s attention. Now, Bibi’s an up-and-comer in the music scene, having worked in the industry for the last year-and-a-half, and her teaming up with Rihanna appears to be the start of only good things for this rising voice. On her Instagram, you definitely can get a sense of who this girl is — Bibi posts everything from excerpts of songs she’s currently working on to songs she’s covered to photos of her with some of the industry’s VIPs — like Usher, Pharrell, Kanye and RiRi herself.
When it comes to music, Bibi has admitted that she doesn’t want to be known as just a songwriter, but an artist. “I don’t write songs to be on a record, I don’t write songs to be sold. I do it to pour my heart out, whether I’m in pain or totally happy. You know they say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of something? I’ve practiced that, I’ve done that, and it didn’t even feel like 10,000 hours, because I love it. The same way a football player loves to play football. When you’re meant to do something, it embodies you. It’s the most overwhelming feeling in the world,” she told VICE.
Basically, this girl is a powerhouse and we can’t wait to see what she puts out next — either as a collaboration with another artist or under her own name. We love her sound, and the rad news is she’s only just getting started.
[Featured image via Instagram.]