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I shot a video with my friends with my own budget, independently and I'm really happy I made that decision cuz I feel like it reflects me:)

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Yeah, yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Oh Lord
Oh yeah yeah yeah
I got fired from Old Navy
Landlord keeps on knocking
Swear that nigga hates me
Sleeping on this old couch
But shit, I'm not complaining
'Cause I'm still a pimp though
Like there's moulah raining
And I aint never been this rich ever
I don't even make all that much dough
Ask my mama for a dub and raised her blood pressure
Now she got me working at the corner store
But I'm ballin
I'm so fucking awesome
Vroom vroom yeah
That's my Camry roaring
Shit, think the engine light came on
Now I gotta walk 15 miles to my apartment
Ballin, ballin
I'm so mother fucking awesome
Ballin, ballin, ballin
Ballin, ballin, ballin
Oh Lord
Ohh Lord
heart them ramen noodles
Freak it with the hot sauce
I do McDonalds too though
And when I wanna go out
Good Will gotta do though
Sweet talking the bouncers
18 bucks, I need 2 more
jumped the gate
subway station
all the seats are taken
this kinda lifestyle teach you patience
i spend my very last savings
on some takis
im good at simbis crib
i dont need no hotel lobbies
i doubt i’d get along with paparazzi
i just want a slim jim and a 40
i just wanna roll up to the sundown without my folks throwing in a fit
i just wanna party in new york in all the abandon warehouses
with the hipster kids and the bad bitches with hair on their armpits
we wear designer clothes from thrifts
and my hair might not be laid and did
And I never been this rich ever
I don't even make all that much dough
Ask my mama for a dub and raised her blood pressure
Now she got me working at the corner store
But I'm ballin, ballin
I'm so fucking awesome
Vroom vroom, yeah
That's my Camry roaring
Shit, think the engine light came on
Now I gotta walk 15 miles to my apartment
But I'm ballin, ballin, balling
I'm so mother fucking awesome, yeah
Ballin,ballin, ballin
Ballin, ballin, ballin

Music video by Bibi Bourelly performing Ballin. (C) 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Bibi Bourelly
Bibi Bourelly photo 2016.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBadriia Ines Bourelly
Also known asBibi Bourelly
Born(1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 22)
Berlin, Germany
  • Soul
  • Alternative
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active2015–present
LabelsCirca 13, Def Jam
Associated actsLil Wayne, Usher, Rihanna, Nick Brewer

Badriia Ines Bourelly (born 14 July 1994), professionally known as Bibi Bourelly (which is also her stage name), is a German singer and songwriter signed to Def Jam Recordings.[1][2][3] She is the writer (or co-writer) of several notable songs including Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "Higher" and Nick Brewer's "Talk to Me."[4][5] Bourelly is featured on tracks such as Lil Wayne's "Without You,"[6] and Usher's "Chains"[7] She also released two singles in 2015 ("Riot" and "Ego") in preparation for the release of her debut studio album later in 2016.[5][8]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 EPs
    • 3.2 Singles
      • 3.2.1 As lead artist
      • 3.2.2 As featured artist
    • 3.3 Guest appearances
    • 3.4 Songwriting
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Bardriia Ines Bourelly[9] was born in Berlin, Germany and is of Moroccan and Haitian descent. Her father, Jean-Paul Bourelly, is a notable guitarist and her late mother was the head of the Art Department at Berlin's House of the World’s Cultures.[10][11][12] Because her father was a professional musician, Bourelly often attended concerts and wrote songs as young as age four.[11] Her mother died when Bourelly was six years old.[13] She first went on tour with her father when she was 11.[10] She attended high school in Maryland until the 12th grade.[14]


While still living in Maryland, Bourelly began working with producer, Paperboy Fabe. He would later arrange for her to have a session with Kanye West in Los Angeles. That session ultimately produced Rihanna's "Higher," which Bourelly wrote in about 30 minutes. Around the same time, Rihanna heard another of Bourelly's written songs, "Bitch Better Have My Money," and decided to make it the lead single off her 2016 album, Anti.[10][15]

In April 2015, Bourelly released her first single, "Riot," a song that discusses Bourelly's wish to be recognized as an "authentic" and legitimate musician.[4] In July 2015, she was featured on Lil Wayne's, "Without You," which appeared on his Free Weezy Album.[6] A month later, she was featured in (and co-wrote) Nick Brewer's "Talk to Me."[5] She also co-wrote (with Chris Braide) Selena Gomez's "Camouflage" from her album, Revival,[16] and was featured in Usher's single, "Chains", alongside Nas. She performed the latter song with Usher and Nas at the TIDAL X Concert in October 2015.[17]

In October 2015, Bourelly released another single entitled, "Ego."[1] The song made it onto the Spotify Viral Charts for several nations, peaking at #2 in the US, #8 in the UK, and #4 on the overall global charts.[18] The song has been described as a "powerful, unapologetic ballad to self confidence."[12] The music video for "Ego" was filmed in Bourelly's hometown of Berlin and was directed by Brranwen Okpako.[19]

In March 2016, the third single, "Sally" was released accompanied by an interactive video.[13] She made her television debut on the NBC Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In the summer of 2016, Bourelly toured with Haim and Rihanna prior to going on her solo "Free The Real" tour in North America.[20][21] She was also featured in the well-known Women Who Dare campaign by Harper's Bazaar alongside Hillary Clinton, Iskra Lawrence, and Uma Thurman.[22]


  1. ^ a b Schnipper, Matthew (29 October 2015). "Bibi Bourelly - "Ego"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Gore, Sydney (11 December 2015). "Bibi Bourelly's "Ego" Makes Its Video Debut". Nylon. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Zadeh, Joe (4 April 2015). "Meet the 20-Year-Old Girl Who Wrote Rihanna's "BBHMM"". Noisey. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Golden, Zara (13 April 2015). "Rihanna Songwriter Bibi Bourelly Premieres A Song Of Her Own, "Riot"". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d McKinney, Kelsey (18 January 2016). "What do you do after you've written a song for Rihanna? We asked Bibi Bourelly.". Fusion. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Howard, Ty (3 July 2015). "Lil Wayne f/ Bibi Bourelly – Without You [Prod. by Nascent & Sakwe]". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Nixon, Khari (2 February 2016). "Watch Usher's New Video, "Chains," Featuring Nas & Bibi Bourelly". The Source. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Fleischer, Adam (14 April 2015). "Rihanna's 'BBHMM' Songwriter Can Sing, Too! Listen To 'Riot'". MTV. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Molin, Tina (18 May 2015). "Diese Berlinerin schreibt die Hits für Rihanna". (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  10. ^ a b c Mitchell, Julian (20 April 2015). "Bibi Bourelly: The Writer Behind Rihanna's 'BBHMM' Talks Risk, Imagination and Living Uncensored". Forbes. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Augustin, Camille (17 April 2015). "Views From The Studio With… Songwriter Bibi Bourelly". Vibe. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Barsky, Alice (28 October 2015). "Bibi Bourelly, the Mastermind Behind "BBHMM," Releases Her Debut Single "Ego"". Paste. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Platon, Adelle (19 February 2016). "Bibi Bourelly Talks Singing Through Her Pain, Writing for Rihanna & New Single 'Sally'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  14. ^ Hanra, Hanna (December 11, 2015). "Interview with Bibi Bourelly". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  15. ^ Eggert, Jessica (28 January 2016). "Who Is Bibi Bourelly? Songwriter Behind Rihanna's "Higher" Wrote the Track in 20 Minutes". Mic. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Selena Gomez - Revival". Discogs. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Caramanica, Jon (21 October 2015). "Review: Tidal X Concert Proves a Thudding Marathon at Barclays". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral Tracks". Associated Press. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  19. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (11 December 2015). "Bibi Bourelly's "Ego" Video Is Flawlessly Raw". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  20. ^ Josephs, Brian (13 June 2016). "Bibi Bourelly Fights for Equality in Riot Video". Spin. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Younger, Briana (4 September 2016). "Maryland native Bibi Bourelly enchants at U Street". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Why Bibi Bourelly Refuses to Let Failure Define Her". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Bibi Bourelly - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Nick Brewer ft Bibi Bourelly". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Rihanna - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  26. ^ a b c "ANTI (Deluxe Edition) | Rihanna". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  27. ^ "Bibi Bourelly | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  28. ^ "Hard II Love - Usher | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 

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