Bebe Rexha Begs for Mercy on Ardent New Electro-Pop Track, ‘Pray’
Even if Bebe Rexa's voice isn't on your radar yet, you definitely know her work. She wrote the hook for Eminem and Rihanna's "The Monster," co-wrote Tinashe's "All Hands on Deck," and in our opinion was flat-out robbed of a feature credit on David Guetta's "Hey Mama" featuring Nicki Minaj, Afrojack (AND Bebe Rexha!)
The Albanian-American singer and songwriter will hopefully get her due when her 5-song I Don't Wanna Grow Up EP drops on May 12 — and her passionate new track "Pray" picks up where 2014's "I Can't Stop Drinking About You" and her second single "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" left off: Rexha really knows how to embody the spurned, heartbroken woman who's had a few too many, just crashed her ex-boyfriend's party, and who knows WHAT she'll do next!
But Rexha's not *actually* unbalanced. "Pray" is controlled chaos, anchored by her vocals and the urgent, pounding drumbeat. Overwhelmed by her own heartbreak, Bebe appeals to the skies for mercy: "I'm on my knees / beggin' pretty please / I'm so love-drunk stupid off these memories / Mother Mary please, have mercy over me / the sun came up and I can't believe you're over me." The song literally takes us to church around the 2:40 mark, when Bebe launches into a gospel-esque "I swear to God" call-and-response with the backup singers. You can stream the song above.
Check out I Don't Wanna Grow Up's track list, as well as the official video for "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy," below.
1. "I Don’t Wanna Grow Up"
2. "Sweet Beginnings"
3. "I’m Gonna Show You Crazy"
5. "I Can’t Stop Drinking About You"