"I'm just a regular bitch. I just know how to write really well and I’m open. I'm just drunk on stage with my band and if you fuck with it, you fuck with it and if you don’t, you don’t," she says. Bibi Bourelly's voice is scratchy and she clears it a few times before speaking with commanding yet authentic nonchalance. Her words have a certain ring to them, yet the 21-year-old artist is far removed from any script.

Following a day that stole her voice completely, the Berlin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter is happy to talk, even with the lingering rasp. After displaying her song-writing allure on Rihanna-smash 'Bitch Better Have My Money' and ANTI-cut 'Higher,' as well as showcasing her own vocal magnetism on her latest single 'Ego,' Bibi Bourelly has rightfully earned admiration as one of pop's promising next top tier – even without the filter. As the rightfully honest artist prepares her debut album and the roll-out of her next single 'Sally,' Bibi has a few things she’d like to clear up and call out now that she’s got her voice back. Realness is just her gift.

You lost your voice in the studio yesterday so we had to switch our talk over to today. How did you manage that?

Yeah, my voice was gone, dude. It was the worst. I feel so vulnerable when I don't have it. I suck at everything else in life so when I can't sing, I'm like, "Oh, I ain't shit."

But at least that gives you the time to write.

Well, I usually sing and write at the same time so that doesn't work. Yesterday, my shit was out. I couldn't even talk.

What are you working on?

I had a show the night before and I was outside in the cold. But I'm working on my album right now. It's going great. It's super exciting. It's the most therapeutic process ever. I've had so many songs for so long and finally I can let it all out. It's like telling your secrets. I'm so lucky. Sonically, it's mixed with so many different sounds. It's a little bit country, it's a little bit of soul. It's a little bit of rock and a little bit of pop. It's all those things. It's because I write in so many different genres too so it's just me. It's just my shit.

I heard you also have a new single coming out called 'Sally.' Tell me about 'Sally.'

You're the first person I'm talking to about 'Sally.' But it's a record that I wrote when I was nineteen. I wrote it before I wrote 'Ego,' and 'Sally' is basically what I wish someone would have said to me when I took people's opinions way too seriously. 'Sally' is a record where I'm basically talking to myself. And to everybody else that feels the same way.

Is Sally someone you know.

It's just a name I made up. It's easy, like Bibi. She's a simple girl in my brain.

Sally sounds like a classic doll's name so it sounds like it fits the concept of the song, ironically. Especially in the sense that it is about being pressured into perfection.

Yeah, true. Paperboy Fabe produced it. He produced 'Ego.' He’s actually the one that found me. He found me on Facebook and flew me out to LA for the first time. He's like my big brother, so we have this crazy chemistry when we go in. I can completely be myself and create organic real-ass music.

And that's loyalty, the fact that you're still sticking with him after everything, when he's the one that kicked things off for you.

Of course. You've got to stick to people that you come up with. Ni**as out here fake. Mad fake. Superbly fake. You can't fuck with that. If you're not loyal, it comes back to bite you.

So I know that you moved to LA shortly after high school and you were quoted as saying you had so much "fire and rage" at the time. Where did that rage come from?

I was just pissed. I just felt like no one understood me. I just got off the phone with somebody very close to me and they explained to me the whole concept and idea of loneliness. And I think that coming up, I always felt a little lonely. And at the beginning, when I was in high school, I didn't really understand where that emotion came from, because I figured, what about what I want to do is so difficult to understand for people? I was just pissed. I was pissed at the world for not understanding me. But I'm not realizing that what I want to do is not something that a lot of people want to do. What I want to do essentially, in the long run is, I want to be part of something legendary. And a lot of people don’t really want that or don't know how to want that or whatever. Now, I'm coping with being misunderstood a little bit better. But at the time, I didn't understand why I felt misunderstood. I was pissed at people for not getting me. But it was just my desires. I just want something that a lot of people can't understand.

But now, you're ultra-relatable. Especially to people your age, people are relating to your songs and your writing and you're speaking for people who feel that way now. So has that changed now that people are listening to what you have to say?

It's the weirdest feeling in the world. It's so weird. It almost makes me feel lonelier. I feel like, if somebody is at least fighting you, fighting your logic and fighting what you're saying, there's at least an interaction going on. There's something happening where someone is trying to relate to you. They're saying, "but that doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand that." But when people assume that you're right, without looking at who you are, if they just assume you're right because of your credentials, or where you've been or the shit that you've done, you get even lonelier, because you don't have people around to tell you.

Like "Yes people."

Exactly. But the girls my age that I inspire, that's no shade towards them. I love them. I am them. But to be completely honest, that's how it feels.

There would be a disconnect, as in, they're looking to you for honesty, so who do you look to.

Yup. As a creator, as a writer, as a singer, as an artist, I look to the people to keep me grounded, to keep me on track, to keep me honest and to keep me inspired. When the people start bailing on me, I don’t really know where else to go. But I'm learning that now. I'm going to get better.

What's the best part about being so young and knowing and living your purpose?

I don't have the worries that other young people have. I'm already on track to what I want to do and I get to pursue it. I get to create everyday instead of going to school. I get to write music. I get to meet my idols and be in rooms with legends. I get to see the world and I get to sing to people. That's the best part. There's a lot more good that comes with this shit than there is bad, that's for sure.

But I do know that you hate the industry and industry related shit. What's something you experienced as a young up and coming artist and songwriter who came to LA to be successful, that you weren't expecting or prepared for?

Here's the thing, you're a writer. So, it's the same thing in the writing world. There's only a few people who actually possess the talent. There's a lot of people who want to do it, but there's only a few who get it and are really built and created and born to do it. That doesn't mean that people can't learn and adapt. But what I saw in LA, is that a lot of young girls were in California trying to pursue music but didn't really put in the work growing up. They didn't really understand it. When you're in a position where you're not good enough to hold your own, you have to compromise. Which is something that I don’t encourage. I don't encourage somebody in any field to drop everything and move to California. As far as the industry is concerned and some of the fake shit that I've been exposed to, I haven’t necessarily been sexually harassed because that would be a bad investment. People saw me as dollar signs. That's why I hate the industry. People used me for my talent. I don't like the industry, because I feel like people cling onto me in order for them to get to the next level. And that's with anybody who's talented. I just saw how fucking dirty it could be. For me, music was something that got me through the night. I've never been in love. The only thing that I ever loved was music. So to come into the game and see how fucked and corrupt it was to talented people and to see how people steal from each other and people use each other and people lie to each other, it broke my heart. Music always symbolized something pure and real. When I entered the game, bad people turned it into something that it should never be.

There's no way to un-see it now.

You know what's so funny about the world? I do this shit, because I don't know what else to do with my life, right? It's something that I have to do, or else I won't be successful. But it's hilarious, because when you're in normal-people life, like regular life, who do 9-5s, they're the most sane people. But then you get to the top, the richest of the rich, and these people are nuts. Like, they're nuts, not in a good way nuts. Not all of them, but a lot of them. And sometimes, I think to myself, like damn. I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm not completely normal, but I'm not completely famous. And I think to myself, in the weirdest way, a lot of normal people want to be famous and a lot of famous people would give everything just to be regular again. That's just a weird sidenote. It's cool to see. We all want to be something different.