Bebe Rexha – I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Oh look, another female pop singer. Wait a second, this one isn’t like all those carbon copies, she’s something different! The first time I heard Bebe Rexha I wasn’t sure how I felt about her voice but I knew there was something intriguing about it. With the release of her new EP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I can hear that polish of graduating from newcomer to star.
Any of the little technical things that may have bothered me before (which honestly I can’t even recall off the top of my head) are nonexistent now. I’ve lost track of how many times I have listened to this 5-song EP on repeat. Rexha reminds me of Juliet Simms, simply for the fact that my first listen of her voice caught me off-guard since it wasn’t the typical cookie-cutter pop tone I tend to expect when I hear the term “pop star”. Like Simms, Rexha will be gracing the stage of the Vans Warped Tour this Summer, which may come to a surprise for some as pop usually isn’t something affiliated with the punk rock summer camp-esque tour.
Personally, I welcome the diversity of artists are becoming part of the VWT lineup each year. Let’s get back to the EP though, shall we?
The highlight of the album (at least for me) is definitely the “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” single, which I think all of us can relate to in some way, regardless of our age. I’m always a fan of people embracing the words that people throw at them as insults and turn them into the strength they need to not give a fuck about what others think, and Rexha definitely gives off that vibe.
One of the other things I love about these songs is that you get the feeling that Rexha backs every word that she sings. In fact, not only does she back them but co-wrote them as well – another thing you don’t see as much of in the pop world.
While she may be young, Rexha has already shared her gift of writing with many other artists, including Pitbull, Eminem, Selena Gomez, and David Guetta just to name a few. So next time you try to write off a pop star as just a pretty face that “probably doesn’t write her own music”, let Bebe Rexha be the perfect example of proving you wrong. Maybe someday we’ll be lucky enough to have her write us a poem and serenade us with it.