“I can only write about the things I’ve seen, and the things I’ve been through,” describes BIA about her sometimes hardcore music. It’s not uncommon to find this pretty face spitting rhymes about perico, dumping on her adversaries and the struggles she faced as a bi-racial teen (she is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent). The twenty-something year old has been patiently waiting for her time to shine ever since she caught the ear of Pharrell several years ago.
Introduced to Skateboard P by longtime Star Trak member Fam-Lay, the deadly emcee has grown from a hungry rapper with little direction to one of the names on must watch rapper lists from numerous music outlets. Having called everywhere from New York City, Boston and Miami home, Bia is readying two major projects that reflect her diverse living experiences. “I have a debut album that I’m working on, but then I also have another project — it’s called Trap Vogue,” says BIA about her upcoming releases.
“That will probably go first all original beats with trap elements and new sounds.” Producer Cardo Got Wings — who also produced “Gucci Comin Home” — has already contributed beats for Trap Vogue. BIA says she prefers to build songs from scratch with the producer in the studio with her. The rapstress also reveals that she’s at her most creative early in the morning, so it’s likely you’ll find her up at 6:00 AM penning tracks in the crib.
Here is the Official Video to J Balvin’s new single titled ‘Safari’ from his new album ‘Energia‘ featuring Pharrell, i am OTHER signee BIA and Sky produced by Pharrell Williams and directed by Grant Singer, make sure to cop it now on iTunes.
By Jesus Trivino. We’re calling it: the Latin song of the summer is J Balvin’s “Safari” — it’s sexy, it’s now, it’s a certified banger. But the Colombian gato didn’t do it alone. He got served a huge assist by mega-producer Pharrell and a certain scene-stealer named BIA AKA the Perico Princess. In less than 16 bars, the Puerto Rican and Italian reps for the ladies in a way only the best female MCs have done in the past (think Lil Kim, M.I.A.). Take a listen to her debut mixtape, #CHOLASEASON, her latest single “Gucci Coming Home” and you’ll further realize her depth as an artist and as a Latina. The future is now and her name is BIA.
Congrats all the good buzz you’re getting off the “Safari” guest spot and, of course, your “Gucci Coming Home” joint. I’m not big on Gucci but you had me singing the chorus like crazy. Why compose a song inspired by Gucci Mane?
That’s crazy [laughs]. I’m just a big Gucci fan. When I first started rapping Gucci was a super big influence in my music and some of the beats are playing homage and bigging up a rapper I was a fan of.
Colombian reggaeton singer and EMI signee J Balvin dropped his fourth studio album last week with collaborations by Pharrell Williams, BIA, Sky, Daddy Yankee, Fuego and Yandel. Seeing all those studio pictures by Pharrell and J Balvin in the studio confirmed pretty much at least 2 tracks by them, but unfortunately, only one tune made the album which is ‘Safari’ which also features i am OTHER signee BIA with Sky. The single already topped the Latin songs chart on #1 and the official video is on its way. I honestly felt like something is missing on the tune so i’ve edited some of the percussion sounds with shakers and hi hats for my own pleasure, make sure to cop the album on iTunes and check out the tunes below.
J Balvin – Energia (2016)
01 – Veneno (DVLP)
02 – Malvada (Sky)
03 – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky) (Pharrell Williams)
04 – Bobo (Sky)
05 – Sigo Extrañándote (Sky, Mosty)
06 – Primera Cita (Sky, Mosty)
07 – Pierde Los Modales feat. Daddy Yankee (Sky)
08 – Por Un Día (Sky, Mosty, Jowan)
09 – No Hay Título feat. BIA (Mosty)
10 – Acércate feat. Yandel (Sky, Jowan)
11 – Snapchat (DVLP)
12 – Hola (Sky)
13 – Ginza (Sky)
14 – Solitario (Jowan)
15 – 35 Pa Las 12 feat. Fuego (Capi)
J Balvin – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky (16′)
J Balvin – Safari feat. Pharrell, BIA & Sky (DJ Freakiii’s Edit) (16′)
By Marjua Estevez, photos by Ian Reid. Like lots of millennial and bicultural Latinos, Bia grew up between languages and borders, often negotiating relationships with varied places she called home. But no matter where her parental units ventured—New York, Boston, or Miami—one common thread kept them all together. “My parents have that island, cultural mentality where everything is centered around family. You cook, you clean, and you’re never afraid of hard work. That was what my household was all about,” she says about her Puerto Rican father and Italian mother.
“You went to school, stayed out of the streets, and did the good you had to do.” However virtuous Bia’s parents were, the Sisterhood of Hip Hop alum was never quite encouraged to pursue any larger-than-life dreams. After all, aspirations of becoming any of kind of artist are rarely ever nurtured by two old world folk who might know the value of hard work, but fail to see a life beyond manual labor. “I feel like that’s what you sometimes get with old fashioned or traditional parents, because they don’t often believe that [it’s] possible,” she adds.
Bia is nevertheless grateful for the strong households that raised her. Ones where Spanish, Italian and English were spoken, and where anything from Selena to Ivy Queen to Aaliyah to Tego Calderon would be playing as soundtrack for weekend cleaning sessions or family BBQs. After putting out #CholaSeason, which she explains is “that common comparison of ‘Oh, you’re Latina from the hood and you wear your baby hairs down, hoop earrings, and bandanas,” Bia is hard at work carving out a legacy of her own with her genre-bending trapetón (a fusion of trap and reggaetón).
Here is the Official Video to BIA’s new single titled ‘Gucci Comin’ Home’, directed by Carrington Scott.
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