Bebe Rexha Brings Out Ashanti, Calls Out Crowd for Not Dancing at NYC Show

Bebe Rexha
Dennis Leupold

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha’s All Your Fault tour is not shy, censored or restrained in any way. The Brooklyn native brought her attitude and charisma to the stage at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night, warning Billboard before the show that it would be “honest, real, unapologetic, not PG and a safe haven for people who feel like they haven’t belonged anywhere else in the world.”

Her show completely delivered on those promises: She dropped F-bombs in every other sentence and twerked on the floor while telling stories about her childhood and belting out her songs. She strutted out in a custom-made outfit, consisting of a bejeweled jacket by Michael Ngo over a two-piece by Ashton Michael, coupled with shiny silver thigh-high boots, fishnet stockings and a mic grip in the shape of brass knuckles.


All Your Fault Tour

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After her first song, she greeted her audience, asking, “Where are all my bad bitches at?! I don’t care if you’re 8 years old or 80 years old, you’re a bad bitch.” She continued by shouting out to members of her audience, looking for the “strong, independent women,” “gay boys” and “straight boys,” adding, “If you’re a straight boy, I just want you to know that you’re outnumbered here. If someone grabs your ass, it might be a girl or a guy.”

She brought on a number of guests throughout the night, including rappers Joey Bada$$ and DeJ Loaf, but the highlight of the night was when R&B star Ashanti came on to perform three of her most popular hits: “What’s Luv,” “Always on Time” and “Foolish.” Rexha and Ashanti sang the songs together, laughing and dancing with each other.


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Rexha performed a wide variety of songs, from her new All Your Fault, Pt. 1 EP, to songs she had been featured on before her solo career took off, including the David Guetta hit “Hey Mama” (she even performed the Nicki Minaj verses) and the Martin Garrix tune "In the Name of Love."

She truly took the time to talk to her audience, saying, “I’m not gonna be one of those pop girls who gets up here to sing cute little songs and not talk to you. I’m here to be honest, I’m here for all of you to get to know me. This will be like a Kanye show with all the talking, but I won’t be like Kanye because he’s crazy.” She told stories of her parents coming to the United States from Albania and even brought her mother onstage to thank her for “fighting with her, crying with her and for bringing her up to Harlem when she was 16 years old and was the only girl in a studio full of guys smoking weed.” The interaction brought Rexha and her mother to tears, with Rexha adding, “My mom isn’t even a crier. My dad is normally the one who cries.”

Before her song “No Broken Hearts,” Rexha looked out into the audience to find people to rap the Nicki Minaj verse. She picked two girls, Illijana and Delia (upon learning their names, Rexha remarked, “Oh, we’ve got two Albos up in here”), who came up onto the stage to danced through the song and picked up the verse at the end. But before the girls could start their rap, Rexha noticed a number of people in the balcony who were standing still, and her passion took over.

She quieted the band and unleashed her frustration, yelling, “Who the f--- do you think you are? If you’re gonna come to my show, you better f---ing move your ass. Don’t you dare come to my show and stand up in the balcony and not dance. Hell no, I don’t like your energy.” Adding, “You wanna see New York, I’ll show you New York. I’m 27 years old, been in the industry for 10 years, and I wrote some of the hottest songs in the game. I have worked too damn hard to let y’all come to my show and mess up the vibes.” The crowd erupted in cheers and applause, followed by Illijana and Delia going head to head on their renditions of Minaj’s rap; their performances were rewarded with signed T-shirts.

Rexha closed the show with her current hit “I Got You” -- which has so far peaked at No. 17 on the Pop Songs chart -- with the audience screaming out the words. At one point, she grabbed an Albanian flag tapestry from an audience member and began dancing with it. The show ended without an encore, with Rexha screaming out, “Thank you, New York, I f---ing love you!”


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