Bebe Rexha Talks Writing Eminem and Rihanna’s ‘The Monster,’ Her Single ‘I Can’t Stop Drinking About You’ + More [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
Singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha (who penned Eminem and Rihanna‘s smash hit ‘The Monster’) opens up in an intimate new Beats Music Co-Signed video about the meaning behind the song and her own single, ‘I Can’t Stop Drinking About You’ — and PopCrush has the exclusive premiere.
Rexha, who hails from Staten Island, N.Y., reveals that she first got her start as a songwriter after winning the title of ‘Best Teen Songwriter’ at a Grammys competition, a win that helped to propel her to where she is today: a hit songwriter.
“I bought these pink sticker things … and I would write things on them, and I wrote, ‘I will write an international smash, and shortly after, it was when we did ‘Monster,’ and it was an international smash,” she says proudly.
While Rexha is enjoying all of her hard-earned success, she doesn’t forget that her songwriting comes from a darker place.
“I think what ‘The Monster’ means to me is I find it really hard — like a lot of other people in the world — to really be OK in my own skin,” she explains. “It was a message to myself saying, ‘It’s OK that you’re not perfect.’ I’m gonna learn to love myself and accept myself even though I’m a little crazy.”
Rexha delves further into the meaning of her own single, ‘I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,’ revealing that the track is about “that exact moment when you realize it won’t work between you and another person, and you feel like you lost part of yourself. It was based on a personal experience.”
But it is these difficult experiences that help Rexha connect with her intended audience — and with fans all over the world.
“My music is a little dark and my lyrics are a little darker. Every day I’m fighting towards the light,” she reveals. “If you’re in a dark place, you’re there for a reason. And the only way to get through to those kids or to other people going through the same thing is really to meet them in that dark place and then slowly bring them to the light.”
Watch Bebe Rexha discuss ‘The Monster’ and more in the video above, and listen to her EP and single ‘I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,’ featuring remixed tracks from the Chainsmokers and more on an exclusive Beats Music playlist here.
Plus: Watch Bebe Rexha’s ‘I Can’t Stop Drinking About You’ Video