Sounds Like: A string of soulfully sung "fuck you"s over guitar
For Fans of: Rihanna, Elle King, Alessia Cara
Why You Should Pay Attention: Twenty-one-year-old Bourelly, the daughter of guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, has been surrounded by music her whole life, claiming to have written her first song at the age of two. "To me, it's like a language," she says of how quickly she picked up on her musical abilities. "It's so relevant in my life and happens in my head as much as we speak in English." The lifetime of self-training helped her launch her career early and with a bang as she was revealed to be behind Rihanna's 2015 single "Bitch Better Have My Money." From there, she appeared on a track with Lil Wayne and collaborated with Nas and Usher on "Chains," a powerful song addressing the Black Lives Matter movement. Following more high-profile credits on Selena Gomez's Revival and Rihanna's Anti, Bourelly is ready to launch her turn in the spotlight with the two-part EP Free the Real. The first half, addressing the "first chapter" of her career, launches on May 6th. "I love creating things that come from my gut and my soul," she says. "I don't give a shit about money. I love it when it's really about the music and about purity. My goal is to change the art industry."
She Says: "I believe that I exist for the people. I'm just here to try to make a difference and hopefully the people listen and trust me enough to contribute. I'm here to spread truth, which is so obnoxious and preachy. I want my brand and Bibi Bourelly to represent honesty."
Hear for Yourself: Single "Sally" matches her soulful voice with an Americana melody and a candid perspective. Brittany Spanos