Becky G From The Block
Rapper and singer/songwriter Becky G recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Becky G discussed her big break, collaborating with GRAMMY nominee Jennifer Lopez for her breakout video "Becky From The Block," and what she enjoys most about performing live, among other topics.
"I'm obsessed with J-Lo and I'm one of the biggest J-Lo fans … so it was like, 'Let's do it,'" said Becky G regarding her decision to cover Jennifer Lopez's 2002 hit "Jenny From The Block." "That night [producer Dr. Luke] shot me the instrumental, I wrote to it, recorded it, he sent it over, she listened to it and showed up to the studio a few days later and was like, 'What's up Becky from the block?' and I was like, 'Oh my god!'"
Raised in Inglewood, Calif., 16-year-old Becky G (born Rebecca Marie Gomez) describes her sound as "urban pop with a bit of Latin spice." Citing artists such as Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, and Jennifer Lopez as influences, Becky G began writing her own songs at age 11 and taught herself how to play guitar at age 13. In 2011 she began releasing remixes of some of her favorite songs on YouTube, catching the eye of GRAMMY-nominated producer Dr. Luke (Katy Perry), who subsequently signed her to his label, Kemosabe Records. In 2012 Becky G was featured on songs by Cher Lloyd ("Oath") and Cody Simpson ("Wish You Were Here") and collaborated with GRAMMY winner will.i.am on "Problem," which was featured in the animated film Hotel Transylvania.
In April Becky G released her debut single, "Becky From The Block," and followed with her debut EP, Play It Again, in July. Co-produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, Play It Again features five tracks, including the title track and "Can't Get Enough," which features GRAMMY-nominated rapper Pitbull.
Becky G is scheduled to perform with Maluma on the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, and will kick off a North American tour on Feb. 24, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla., with dates scheduled through March.