Bebe Rexha on ‘Better Mistakes,’ being bipolar and NYC

For an artist whose new album known as “Better Mistakes,” Bebe Rexha positive has made numerous the suitable 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 Best New Artist Grammy nomination for her 2018 debut album, “Expectations.”

Now, along with her latest album out Friday, the 31-year-old pop diva — an Albanian-American who was born Bleta Rexha in Brooklyn earlier than transferring to Staten Island as a baby — reveals how she bought 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 “Better Mistakes.” So what’s the perfect 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 referred to as me and mentioned that Florida Georgia Line was within the studio and that this different artist had canceled on them and that they needed to jot down [with me] … So I went into the studio, and we ended up writing “Meant To Be.”

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Bebe Rexha rocked the runway throughout New York Fashion Week in February 2020.
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‘I’m slightly f–ked up — however so are you. You know, like, all of us are.’

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

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

It’s my dad’s favourite tune. When I used to be rising up, that’s all he would play, and he would sing “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie …” And I used to be like, “How could we flip ‘Amore’ in, like, a cool way and make it more current and fresh?” And in order that’s how we did it.

And then your album ends on a really private notice with “Mama.” How did your relationship with your personal mom affect that tune? 

My mother had me when she was actually younger. She was 17. And I feel that after I was rising up, she was rising up with me … And I feel with that tune, I used to be like, “Listen, you’ve done the best you could. And I’m a little f–ked up, but so are you. You know, like, we all are.”

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

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

I feel [co-writer Brian Lee] had that at the back of his head subconsciously. And, in fact, after writing the tune, we’re like, “OK, we need to make sure this gets cleared.” And as soon as Queen cleared it, we have been actually comfortable.

Is there one tune that you just want you had written whenever you take heed to it? 

I actually love “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. I feel that’s an awesome document. And then I additionally suppose that “Chandelier” by Sia is a superb document. I really like these two songs, like, lots.

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Bebe Rexha hopes to assist others by being open about her psychological well being struggles.
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This is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’ve been actually open about being bipolar. Why has that been so essential for you?

I feel that after I was younger and going by nervousness and melancholy and feeling actually lonely, I’d have cherished to listen to about considered one of my favourite celebrities or artists or any individual that I regarded as much as speaking about that, ’trigger then I’d really feel much less alone … That’s why I prefer to be actually open with my mental health [issues], and hopefully it helps whoever on the market wants it in a roundabout way, form or type.

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

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

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