Bebe Rexha Discusses Heartbreak, Her New Album And Meeting Nicki Minaj
“Nicki is so passionate and so smart. She just knows what she wants.”
You already know Bebe Rexha from her incredible features on David Guetta's 'Hey Mama' and G-Eazy's 'Me, Myself & I', but now the New Yorker is making a solo break.
Her current single 'No Broken Hearts', featuring Nicki Minaj, is an unshakable and undeniable anthem that introduces her forthcoming full-length album with a bang.
Before she drops her next track, a collab with Martin Garrix, we caught up with Bebe Rexha (check out the video above) to talk about the story behind the track.
“When I wrote ‘No Broken Hearts’ I’d had my heart broken three times in a very close…in around a month.
“It was an ex-boyfriend that broke my heart, somebody I was working with in the music business that kind of just…left me and abandoned me, and then a very close friend of mine that just disappeared from my life. It hurt me. It absolutely shattered my heart.”
Not everyone gets to work with flippin’ NICKI MINAJ before their debut album is even out, but then Bebe Rexha isn’t just any pop star.
Our MTV Push act from June, Bebe described working with Nicki as “kind of mind blowing and very surreal. It was a ‘pinch me’ moment,” she said. “Nicki is so passionate and so smart. She just knows what she wants.”
Bebe had moved from New York to LA to pursue her music dream, but it wasn’t all parties and glitz from the off, “when that all happened I had no friends, no family to talk to in LA so I was like, what do I do next?
“I went into the studio and wrote a song, which became ‘No Broken Hearts’. It’s an anthem about not letting heartbreak get you down.”
But ‘No Broken Hearts’ wasn’t all that she made. Bebe also worked hard at writing songs for other artists, and that grind paid off big time in 2013 after she penned ‘The Monster’.
The single eventually became a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna - going RIAA quadruple-platinum stateside.
But did Bebe regret giving away such golden material? “If I hadn’t written those records and given them away to anybody else I think I’d still honestly be sitting at home with ‘The Monster’ and a lot of these other songs sitting on my laptop. Living and dying by the computer, right? So I’m actually more so grateful and thankful for those records for leading me to where I am now.”
And finally, seeing as Bebe seems to know a thing or two about handling a break-up, what advice does she have for us? “My advice for getting over heartbreak is having a tub of ice cream, having a good cry and basically talking to a friend. Maybe having them take you out to a movie or bowling. Anything that can get your mind off of the heartbreak.”