Bebe Rexha on New Music, Insecurities
RollingStone India|December 2020
The American artist also discusses how she deals with mental health issues
DAVID BRITTO

WHEN AMERICAN ARTIST BEBE REXHA left college, with only $600 in her bank account, she began shopping for a record deal. To her disappointment, the singer-songwriter fell short at bagging one at the time. However, to her sheer luck, rapper Eminem heard her song “The Monster” and asked to have it. The track went on to become a smash hit offSlim Shady’s 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 that featured Rihanna on vocals. Rexha received writing credits for the song – which also went on to win the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rap/ Sung Performance – after which her life completely changed.

Since then, there have been more hit collaborations with artists such as G-Eazy (“Me Myself & I”), The Chainsmokers (“Call Me”), Martin Garrix (“In The Name Of Love”), David Guetta and J Balvin (“Say My Name”) and more. In 2018, Rexha released her full-length debut album Expectations to positive reviews and is now readying her sophomore record. The vocalist recently released the LP’s first single, the funky and dancey “Baby, I’m Jealous,” featuring rapper Doja Cat.

In this exclusive interview with Rolling Stone India, Rexha talks about how her new music addresses her insecurities, gives advice to people suffering from anxiety or depression, being a torchbearer for women and more.

I caught your American Music Awards set with Doja Cat, it looked terrific online. What was it like for you performing in that sort of environment and atmosphere? I read that there were cardboard cutouts and stuff around.

Yeah, it was definitely different, especially without having fans there. You know, the best thing about performing is the energy of the audience. And it was different, but it was nice to be doing what I love again, that was a really cool moment. Just to be in that in that atmosphere, just to be able to perform. It just felt so good. I missed it so much. Yeah, there were cardboard cuts out in the audience. There were no real people on the bottom level. And it was very different. It was very different this year, but I still had a great time.

Let’s talk about “Baby, I’m Jealous,” I quite liked the funkiness about the track. When did this sort of theme come across for you to write about? And also, how did the collaboration with Doja Cat come about?

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