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For the Young and Restless Singer Bibi Bourelly, Age Is Irrelevant

We took Bourelly to the Museum of Natural History where she answered our questions off our custom Broadly Tarot Deck. Before sharing her "hype playlist" with us, we talked to the 22-year-old singer about what it's like to grow up in the industry...

by Kat Aileen & Keenan MacWilliam
Nov 17 2016, 4:50pm

Photos by Kat Aileen

We met up with the undeniably cool Bibi Bourelly on the steps of the Museum of Natural History following her performance at the Roots Festival in NYC. Living up to her hype, Bibi is sharp, magnetic, and true to her musical persona—'can't nobody tell her she ain't real, no.'

For 22-year-old Bourelly—who has already worked with the likes of Rihanna, Kanye, and Usher—age is irrelevant

People seem to obsess over young people doing big things; so much so that a young celebrity's age often overshadows their accomplishments. For 22-year-old Bourelly—who has already worked with the likes of Rihanna, Kanye, and Usher—age is irrelevant. "I'm very serious about what I do," she tells us. The Berlin-born singer gained major momentum after being credited with writing Rihanna's "Higher" and "Bitch Better Have My Money," and releasing her first two singles, "Riot" and "Ego," in 2015. Her debut album Free the Real (Pt. #1) was released on Def Jam this past May.

Bourelly is sharp, magnetic, and carries a rare, mature confidence. She's the type of artist who won't compromise herself for her audience, regardless of the crowd. True to someone who's always known who they were, Bourelly is still close with a lot of the friends she grew up with in both Germany and Maryland. And although she says she wishes she could bring them everywhere with her, right now she is focusing all her attention on her work. "I love it, you know what I mean?"

When Bourelly isn't on stage, she's writing and collaborating with several artists; she's all about setting the right vibes during her pre-show. We asked Bourelly to share the "hype playlist" she uses to get her and her audience amped before she performs.

Questionnaire photos by Kat Aileen & Keenan MacWilliam