Influences: Lauryn Hill, Jean Grae, Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Nas, Eminem, Joell Ortiz, Mos Def, Common
‘Bebe Riz’ (born in Pasay City, Philippines) is a charismatic Filipina rapper/dancer. Known for her witty punch lines and unique flow, Bebe Riz collaborates with an extensive number of musicians both locally and internationally. She is capable of adapting to different beats and styles of rapping. Bebe Riz has always been in demand due to her versatility. She is a lyricist who is known for utilizing a technique called “multi-syllable rhyming” which is often referred to as one of the more complex ways of writing lyrics. She also writes her lyrics with double meaning.
Raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Bebe Riz started rapping in 2003 after hearing a local artist via the internet. Since then, she has been polishing up her art in terms of flow and lyrics. In 2008, Bebe Riz set her sights on the international music scene and started rapping in the English language. Due to her undeniable skills, she was instantly recognized by musicians internationally and was asked to collaborate on a number of tracks. These efforts then garnered her underground fame.
Bebe Riz expresses her experiences, struggles, thoughts and feelings through her music. Her popularity was established via the internet. Due to her skills, charisma and looks, Bebe Riz’s fan base grew rapidly and continuously. She first got into Hip-Hop when she was 8 years old, as an urban dancer. One of the changes she wishes to make in the Philippines is to unite Rap artists and Hip-Hop dancers. She does not only want to be discovered for fame and money, Bebe Riz feel strongly in making a difference through the Hip-Hop culture. She wants to change the negative perspective of people in Hip-Hop. Her desire captured the attention of both followers and non-followers of Rap music.
In April of 2011 Bebe Riz decided to come back to the Philippines to pursue a rap career. She was instantly welcomed in the Hip Hop scene as her name was already recognized. Bebe Riz is the first female rapper to be featured on local movie soundtracks. She has been part of the Metro Manila Film Festival for 3 years in a row for the soundtrack of the movies; “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako” , “My Little Bossings” , and ”My Big Bossing” . She had the opportunity to work with the OPM award-winner songwriter, Gary Granada, for a political track titled, “Ibaba Sa Lupa” . Her most recent collaboration is with one of the most popular Star Music recording artist and ABS-CBN actor, Enchong Dee, for a track titled, “Hopia (Theo Martel Remix”), as part of the EDM (Enchong Dee Moves) album released in May 2016. Bebe Riz also collaborated with the famous actress/Star Music recording artist, Kim Chiu, for an inspirational track titled, “Express Yourself”, as part of Ms. Kim’s album “Chinita Princess” in April of 2015.
Bebe Riz was nominated on Wave 891 Urban Music Awards [June 2014] as “Best New Artist”, “Best Group” as part of Rapskallion, and “Best Music Video” for the collaboration between Krazykyle, Bebe Riz, Mista Blaze and Med Marfil of True Faith for the song titled, “More Fun in the Philippines”. Her name is recognized by the film industry through the soundtracks she was featured in under Octoarts. Her name is included for the nominations for “Best Original Theme Song” at Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
• “I want to assert the positive side of Hip Hop by creating Rap music that will inspire the youth - songs that they can relate to and learn from.”
• “I believe that in order to make a difference we need to accept, understand and be open to changes. I hope to encourage the wise and experienced generation to transfer knowledge to the youth and also have the willingness to learn from young people. ”