Photos by Aaron Miller. BIA provides her take on the current status of the music industry as an unfiltered and ethnic female MC. In 2016, Bianca Landrau, more commonly known as “BIA” emerged onto the hip hop scene, seemingly out of nowhere. The Boston MC with Latin American roots closed the year with a chart topping, platinum single under her belt alongside J Balvin and Pharrell, in addition to a viral hit by way of her summer street anthem, “Gucci Comin’ Home.” At the onset of 2017, BIA has the release of her highly anticipated EP “Trap Vogue” on the horizon, followed by her debut album. Fans are especially eager to hear “Trap Vogue,” as high profile musicians have been attached to the project.
HYPEBAE caught up with BIA in Los Angeles for a photoshoot that saw her openly vivacious temperament, evidently fueled by pangs of Latina feistiness manifested through a range of fits. The combination of designer and streetwear labels including Raf Simons, COMME Des GARÇONS SHIRT, Ralph Lauren, Off-White, Area, Fenty x Puma, VLONE, Adidas, Rokit, DELIKT and Bad News fittingly unify the realms of high-end meets streetwear, with a sprinkling of softer feminine attributes. Outtakes from the photoshoot have been provided, alongside BIA’s thoughts on subjects touching music, lifestyle and fashion, and her status as a perceived role model for young women.
What does “Trap Vogue” mean to you?
“Trap Vogue” is the elements of trap that we all know and love, but elevated. Vogue is the epitome of high end fashion — I want this project to feel like the epitome of “high end trap.” However, it will not solely be trap. I’m simply describing the fresh elements I will be introducing to the sound.
“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′)
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