August 30, 1989
Brooklyn, New York, United States
A tough artist to pin down, singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha collaborated with artists from a broad range of styles including pop, country, and R&B, and initially earned as much success for her contributions to other people's records as she did for her own releases. She was born Bleta Rexha in Brooklyn, New York on August 30, 1989, and displayed an early musical aptitude, learning multiple instruments in her youth and singing in a choir. She began pursuing a career in music when she was still a teenager, and when she was barely out of her teens Rexha became part of Fall Out Boy singer Pete Wentz's side project Black Cards. But in 2013 she got herself a deal with Warner Bros. Before she even released her first solo record, though, Rexha was already writing tunes for major artists. She co-wrote "Like a Champion" for Selena Gomez, for instance, as well as "The Monster," which became a huge hit and Grammy winner for Eminem and Rihanna. Rexha scored a modest hit with her first solo single, 2014's "I Can't Stop Drinking About You." She also sang on Pitbull's "This Is Not a Drill" and David Guetta's Top 10 hit "Hey Mama." Rexha's debut EP, I Don't Wanna Grow Up, was released in 2015 but did not trouble the charts. Her duet with G-Eazy on his "When It's Dark Out," however, went Platinum five times over and hit the Top 10. Rexha released a pair of EPs in 2017, All Your Fault: Pts. 1 & 2, and "Meant to Be," a collaboration with country duo Florida Georgia Line from the second of those, became a No. 2 hit and a triple Platinum single, raising her profile higher than ever before. All of this occurred before Rexha even got around to releasing her first full LP, the aptly titled Expectations, which finally came out in 2018.