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Bibi Bourelly Wants to Set You Free

By Playboy Staff

If you don’t know who Bibi Bourelly is yet, that’s because she’s managed to keep a low profile until now–she’s basically been working in the studio since she was 17. But that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard her songs. She co-wrote “B–tch Better Have My Money” and “Higher” for Rihanna and she’s worked with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Selena Gomez and Usher, to name a few. The hyper-prolific 22-year-old Berlin native is also not afraid of anything, including pain or what you think of her. Check out her just-released second EP, Free the Real (Pt. #2), and look for her full-length debut early next year.

“My purpose in music is to inspire people to be who they are. It’s sad when you look at billboards and then you see all these people looking to be somebody else, aspiring to things that don’t even exist in real life. When I entered the game, I was around the richest people in the world—who wanted to use my sound to reinvent themselves. In the same breath, I was around the poorest people. I’ve realized that we’re all out there winging it, from the 57-year-old truck driver who’s alone in life to the 15-year-old girl who doesn’t want to eat her food, and it’s f–king fine because the ideals that have been pushed down our throats are all lies.

I just want to inspire people to be who they are and to try to find themselves, as opposed to try to be someone else. I think that essentially sparks peace within a person. It actually gives people a shot. When people want to embrace who they are, they have a shot to fall in love with their perspective on life and do everything they wanted to do. At the end of the fucking day, behind all the glitz and the glam, we’re human beings. We’re one, and if all of a sudden the earth decides to shake in California, no matter where you live, we’re all f–ked. If we’re on a plane and it starts going down, rich people and poor people and black people and white people are all on one plane. We have to work to evolve ourselves as this human race.”

Watch Bibi Bourelly give her uncensored take on the music industry here.