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Bibi Bourelly Is Flat Broke But Still “Ballin” on New Song

Kanye West and Juicy J’s new song “Ballin” is about basketball. Bibi Bourelly’s new song “Ballin” is, paradoxically, about being broke. “I got fired from Old Navy / Landlord keeps on knocking,” Bourelly begins, spinning out a tale of spicing up ramen with hot sauce and hiking 15 miles home when her car breaks down. Her lyrics span a whole range of hard-up emotions: frustration, irony, resignation, and hope.

“I don’t need no hotel lobbies,” she observes wistfully. “I doubt I’d get along with paparazzi / I just want a Slim Jim and a 40.” It’s a poignant, vulnerable expression from a young artist who’s almost certainly destined for more paparazzi the future. “Ballin” is expected to appear on Bourelly’s upcoming Free the Real: Part #2 EP. Listen below.