Bibi Bourelly will change the way you think about fearlessness. The 21-year-old singer and songwriter introduced the world to her remarkable sound and undeniable spirit with her first two singles, “Ego” and “Riot,” which Fader called “brilliantly raw,” and she’s gearing up to do even more. Her sound is a balancing act of tough, wise worldliness and vulnerability that makes her a true force to be reckoned with.
Bourelly’s toughness truly unique. Her voice is soulful — powerful but rough, a little frayed around the edges like the morning after a long night. She’s sweeter on “Riot,” the edges a little cleaner, but the message is still one of strength. “If I go, I’m gon’ start a riot, I’m fighting for my life here, I’m gonna give y’all everything tonight” she sings. This is the vulnerability that Bourelly is trying so hard to express, the struggle that still comes from being free. But it’s that struggle that’s so essential to everything Bibi Bourelly stands for. “I’m not saying I never get scared,” she says, “but I’m saying I don’t give a fuck if I’m scared.” It’s all part of the journey, creative and otherwise, and for Bourelly, that journey is only just beginning.
Bibi’s new mixtape ‘Free The Real (Pt. #2)’ it out now.