Rexha’s stripped back 90s-in­spired al­bum

Kuwait Times - - Lifestyle -

Bebe Rexha’s de­but al­bum is in­spired by No Doubt and Ala­nis Moris­sette. The ‘I Got You’ hit­maker has opted for a stripped back “hon­est and raw” sound on her de­but LP, ‘Ex­pec­ta­tions’, that is in­flu­enced by the likes of the Gwen Ste­fani-fronted group and the ‘Ironic’ hit­maker. Speak­ing to Bill­board mag­a­zine, she said: “There’s dif­fer­ent sides of me and what I love. “I went back to my roots, like I loved No Doubt and Ala­nis Moris­sette and Lau­ryn Hill and wrote these more real, hon­est songs and there’s a lot more gui­tar and I think ‘Meant to Be’ helped me see that you could have suc­cess with a record that’s just hon­est and raw. It doesn’t have to be hid­den by 10 mil­lion sounds.” The 28-year-old singer’s lon­gawaited record is ti­tled ‘Ex­pec­ta­tions’ be­cause it’s about the re­al­iza­tion that fame isn’t ev­ery­thing she thought it would be. She ex­plained: “I thought money would bring me hap­pi­ness and be­ing fa­mous would bring me hap­pi­ness, but I find that...this wasn’t what I ex­pected at all. “It’s like the lit­tle things. It’s my fam­ily, it’s my mom, it’s my dog, it’s a cup of cof­fee in the morn­ing.” The pop star - who was pre­vi­ously the singer in Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz’s side project Black Cards - has re­leased a string of hit sin­gles since emerg­ing in 2014 with the song ‘I’m Gonna Show You Crazy’ and pen­ning ‘The Mon­ster’ for Eminem and Ri­hanna. Bebe teamed up with Louis Tom­lin­son and Dig­i­tal Farm An­i­mals on last year’s ‘Back to You’ and most re­cently ‘Push Back’ with Ne-Yo and Nicki Mi­naj. The ‘Hey Mama’ singer re­cently ad­mit­ted she hates work­ing in­side cre­ative “bound­aries”. Bebe doesn’t en­joy be­ing pi­geon­holed as a mu­si­cian, and also ad­mit­ted she didn’t rel­ish writ­ing for other artists who were ask­ing her to pro­duce a very spe­cific, ra­dio-friendly sound. She shared: “Back in the day ev­ery­thing was so spe­cific to the ‘type’ of artist you were. “This is what you look like, this is what you sound like, it was like boom-boom-boom. Be­ing a writer at the time, it was ac­tu­ally hurt­ful be­cause peo­ple would be like, ‘Wow you’re stuff is too ev­ery­where, who are you?’” Bebe re­leases ‘Ex­pec­ta­tions’ on June 22 via Warner Bros. Records.

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