Bibi Bourelly weaves a compelling tale of being strapped for cash on her refreshingly honest new track, "Ballin." Unfazed by her dismal financial situation, Bourelly remains confident and collected as she recounts hopping subway turnstiles, sleeping on a ratty couch, and walking fifteen miles home after her car broke down. Despite her circumstances, Bourelly declares that she is "still a pimp though / like there's moulah raining." Of all the emotions that shine through on the introspective track, optimism is the most prominent.
The stripped-down instrumental arrangement complements Bourelly's vivid storytelling flawlessly. Driven by a lilting piano line and simple percussion, the production does nothing to distract from Bourelly's confessional verses. The absence of bass lets her deep, velvety register shine.
"Ballin" is a bold offering that showcases Bourelly's songwriting prowess and confirms her status as one of the most fascinating new voices in music.
The song is expected to appear on Bourelly's forthcoming Free The Real: Part 2 EP, the follow-up to her solid debut, Free The Real: Part 1.
Listen to "Ballin" above.