Bibi Bourelly only recently began her budding career in the music industry, and her emotional new music video for the guitar-driven single “Riot” is making a powerful statement on current events in a big way.
The simple black-and-white clip features shots of Bourelly singing interspersed with various documentary-style scenes of real life: A young girl is seen yelling at an unidentified soldier, raising her fist to him as she walks away; a gay couple holds hands in the street; Malala Yousafzai speaks to a group of hijab-clad women; a group of protesters stand united, raising their fists against the night sky as they hold signs and wear T-shirts voicing opposition to police brutality — all as Bourelly croons: “If I go, I’mma start a riot. I’m fighting for my life, yeah. I’mma give y’all everything tonight. If I leave, fist up ’til I stop breathing.”
The call-to-arms video accompanies Bibi’s heartfelt statement on the Orlando gay nightclub massacre that claimed 50 lives early Sunday morning. “We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun. We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other,” she wrote. “Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not. Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what. praying 4 Orlando.”
The 21-year-old Berlin, Germany native has been featured on tracks by Lil Wayne (“Without You) and Usher (“Chains”) in the past. She also recently penned tracks for Rihanna (“Bitch Better Have My Money”) and Selena Gomez (“Camouflage”).
“What I mean abut not being timid is having enough like courage to do things you know are right even if you’re scared of them,” she previously told EW about impacting her fans. “I don’t want to inspire people to be like me. I want to inspire people to be the strongest version of themselves and to feel comfortable with who they are.”
Watch the music video for “Riot” in the clip above, and read Bourelly’s full statement on the Orlando massacre below.
Sometimes when I’m on a plane, flying from country to country, city to city, chasing this peculiar dream of mine… I look down at the world beneath me and realize what we really are in the grand scheme of things. If you pay close attention, when the plane is just taking off you can faintly see people in action, living their own lives. It’s ironic and charming in a weird way because they’re not even aware that someone else is admiring them with fascination from a different angle of the world, as they walk this distinctive earth of ours.
Thousands of tiny, moving heads eventually blend in with the landscape as the aircraft rises higher. The large swaying trees that appear to be so mighty from the ground, shrink into what appears to be green fragments of leaves… and by the time we reach the clouds, everything that we thought to be its own individual thing, every detail of anything that we ever considered to exist on its own, melts into the the scenery and we become one.
We are all one from the clouds
We are not our genders
We are not our religions
We are not our races
We are not our opinions
We are not our doubts, insecurities or fears…
We are not one voice, we are a roaring crowd.
We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun.
We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other.
Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not.
Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what.
praying 4 Orlando
(and the rest of the entire world.)
Fighting 4 our future.
New society 4 the unity of all.