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Meet the 20-Year-Old Songstress Writing for Rihanna and Kanye

Joe Zadeh, Noisey   in  ·
April 13, 2015

Praise be. Rihanna has returned, and R8 could impact anytime soon like a Yokozuna ass drop on the so far expressionless face of Q2’s pop landscape.

The first single “Bitch Better Have My Money” just released. But with Rihanna fronting it and Kanye on executive production, it’s easy to forget one lesser known but equally talented name that went into making it the platinum-plated armored trap tank it so majestically is. Namely, the woman who bloody wrote it.

Before #BBHMM became a Rihanna world premiere, it was a just a 20-year-old woman from Berlin called Bibi; bitchin’ about her bad mood over unfinished beats from Roc Nation’s Deputy at a local LA studio.

Before you go assuming she—full name Bibi Bourelly—is just another fresh-faced songwriter in the world of major label hit churning, I should add that this new talent has her own shit going on too. If you want to get privy to this before the world does, you should check her Instagram, which can go from being anything from live snippets of Bibi songs in the making, to melancholic Oasis covers, to just being a who’s who of planet Earth’s VIPs.

I talked to Bibi about Rihanna, what it’s like to have the world’s attention and what she’s gonna do with it now she’s got it.

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