“[Bhad Bhabie] is just me all of the time, that’s just who I am,” Bhabie says. “Everyone thinks I’m just acting and [Bhad Bhabie] is who I play for the camera or a whole plan that I had. But this is just me 24/7 and that’s what’s gotten me to where I am. When I’m raw and I’m natural, that’s what made people realize, ‘God, she really is cool and all this stuff we like about her is genuine.’”
Bhabie’s candid side first emerged during a 2016 appearance on “Dr. Phil,” where her signature catchphrase, “Catch me outside, how ’bout that?” was born. Almost immediately after the episode aired, Bhabie pivoted and used the attention she’d gained online as a springboard for a career in hip-hop. “At first, I didn’t even realize I was going to become famous,” Bhabie says. “I was never out to get famous. For my whole life, a lot of people have thought that I’ve always wanted to try to become famous, but this was all something that just came to me. I made the best out of my situation and I’ve always loved music, so it was something I wanted to do.”
Growing up, her interest in hip-hop was fueled by listening to artists Flo Rida, T-Pain and Soulja Boy with her mom. However, she soon learned spitting bars and crafting catchy hooks isn’t necessarily as easy as the artists topping the charts make it look. “When I first started, I wasn’t really confident that I could do it,” Bhabie says. “I was working with a lot of co-writers and now, I do most of my stuff myself.
“Honestly, the first session I ever did was for ‘Hi Bich,’ and the hook was written by Trinidad James,” she continues. “That was when I was like, ‘OK, maybe I can do the verses for this,’ because initially it was just the hook. But I did the whole song and it came out great, so that’s when I realized I could do this.”
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