Bia (rapper)

Bianca Miquela Landrau (born August 16, 1990), known professionally as BIA, is an American[3][4] rapper, songwriter, and model who debuted on the Oxygen reality television show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. She signed to Pharrell's I Am Other record label, in partnership with RCA Records in 2014. Her first EP, Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado, was released in 2018. She is best recognized for featuring on the 2016 single "Safari" by J Balvin and "Best on Earth" by Russ in 2019. In early 2020, Bia signed a new record deal with Epic Records, releasing her second EP, For Certain, on December 11, 2020. The EP spawned the single "Whole Lotta Money", which later was released as a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

BIA
BIA in February 2017
BIA in February 2017
Background information
Birth nameBianca Miquela Landrau
Also known asPerico Princess[1]
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 31)[2]
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • model
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteofficialbia.com

Early lifeEdit

Bia is originally from Medford, Massachusetts[5] She is of afro-Puerto Rican[6] and Italian descent.[3][4] In an interview with Oxygen's website, she spoke about wanting to become a rapper at a young age after attending studio sessions with rappers and helping them record.[7] Bia attended college briefly, but after realizing it did not suit her, she dropped out and began bartending to pay for studio time.[8] She moved to Los Angeles full time in 2017.[9]

CareerEdit

2014–2015: Career beginnings and #CholaSeasonEdit

Bia was initially discovered by rapper Fam-Lay through YouTube and who later introduced her to Pharrell.[1] Bia starred on the first two seasons of the Oxygen reality television show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. In 2014, she signed to the I Am Other music label as part of a collaboration with RCA Records and began working with T.I as well as singers Jennifer Hudson and Usher.[4][7] Later that year, Bia released a mixtape entitled #CholaSeason. In an interview with radio station Hot 97's morning show Ebro in the Morning in September 2015, she revealed that she would not return for season 3 of Sisterhood of Hip Hop.[4]

2016–2018: Touring and Nice Girls Finish Last: CuidadoEdit

Bia served as the opening act for Pusha T's Darkest Before the Dawn Tour in March and April 2016.[10] The next month, Bia alongside Victoria Monét, were the main support acts for the European leg of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour.[11] Bia also opened for select dates during the North American leg. Bia was featured on J Balvin's song "Safari", released as a single in May 2016. The track topped the charts in Mexico and Spain[12][13] as well as peaking at #3 on the US Latin Charts.[14]

In 2016, Bia released the singles "Whip It" and "Gucci Comin' Home".[9] These singles were followed by "Badside" and "Fungshway", which were both released in 2017.[15] All four singles were intended to be included on Bia's then-upcoming debut EP titled Trap Vogue, to be followed by her debut album. Bia described the project as "high energy with Latin elements mixed in".[16] She also revealed that the song "Esta Noche" featuring Grande, which was performed during Bia's opening set for the Dangerous Woman Tour,[17] would be included on the project. Bia eventually scrapped the project in favor of new material.[9]

Bia was featured on the track "Miami", from Kali Uchis' debut album Isolation, which was released on April 6, 2018.[18] Victoria Monét released a remix of her song "Freak", featuring Bia on July 10, 2018.[19] A visual was released including a shortened version of the track just containing Bia's verse and a chorus,[20] while the full version of the song appeared on streaming platforms.[21] On September 21, 2018, Bia released her debut EP Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado, which included the single "Hollywood", as well as collaborations with Uchis and Kodak Black.[22][23]

2019–present: Departure from RCA and For CertainEdit

In 2019, Bia split from RCA Records, citing the label was preventing her from releasing music.[24] She released her first independent song "One Minute Warning" in August.[25][26] "Best on Earth", a collaboration with rapper and singer Russ, was released on October 17, 2019. Singer Rihanna posted on her social media that it was her new favorite song, which led to an internet trend #BestOnEarthChallenge and a spike in popularity to the song.[25][27] The song eventually peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bia's first entry on the chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over one million units in the United States.[28][29] On September 29, the song garnered Bia her first BET Hip Hop Awards nomination for Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse.

In early 2020, Bia resigned with Sony under Epic Records and released two singles, "Free BIA (1st Day Out)" and "Cover Girl".[26] "Cover Girl" was serviced to Urban and Rhythmic radios on April 14.[30][31] In September 2020, Bia released the single "Same Hands" featuring American rapper Lil Durk.[32] Another single, "Skate", was released in November 2020, alongside a music video.[33] A reworked version of the song, entitled the "NHL Mix", was later used as the theme song for the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.[34] All songs are included on Bia's second EP, titled For Certain, which was released on December 11, 2020 through Epic Records.[35] A music video for the song "Whole Lotta Money" was released on April 8, 2021.[36] Following viral success on the social media platform TikTok, the song was serviced to Rhythmic radio on May 18, 2021, becoming the fifth single from the EP. A remix featuring Nicki Minaj was released on July 9, 2021 and caused the song to reach a peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bia's highest charting song. On September 24, she released the single "Besito" featuring G Herbo. Alongside the release, Bia announced the deluxe edition of For Certain which will be released on October 22, 2021.[37]

In an interview with Ladygunn, Bia revealed she's working on an R&B project titled R&BIA.[38]

ArtistryEdit

Bia has cited American rapper Jay-Z, Puerto Rican singer Ivy Queen, Selena, Bankroll Fresh, 21 Savage, Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, M.I.A. and Blac Youngsta as her biggest influences, as well as Aaliyah and Rihanna as her personal muses. Bia stated that she has never connected with an artist the way she has connected with Rihanna.[39][16]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
2014–2015 Sisterhood of Hip Hop Herself

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2017 Latin American Music Awards Favorite Urban Song "Safari" Nominated [40]
2020 BET Hip Hop Awards Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse "BEST ON EARTH" Nominated
Boston Music Awards Artist of the Year Herself Won
Hip Hop Artist of the Year Won
2021 Trending: VMAs Best Breakthrough Song Whole Lotta Money Nominated [41]
BET Hip Hop Awards Song Of The Year Nominated [42]
Best Collaboration Nominated [43]

ToursEdit

SupportingEdit

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
#CholaSeason

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
US
[46]
Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado
  • Released: September 21, 2018[47]
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
For Certain
  • Released: December 11, 2020
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
64
[48]

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[28]
US
R&B
/HH

[49]
CAN
[50]
NZ
Hot

[51]
"Whip It"[52] 2016 Non-album single
"Hollywood"[53] 2018 Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado
"Free Bia (1st Day Out)"[54] 2020 For Certain
"Cover Girl"[55]
"Same Hands"[56]
(featuring Lil Durk)
"Skate"[33]
"Whole Lotta Money"
(solo or featuring Nicki Minaj)
2021 16 6 42 11
"Besito"
(featuring G Herbo)
For Certain (Deluxe)
"Can't Touch This"

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[28]
US
Latin

[14]
US
R&B
/HH

[49]
COL
[57]
ITA
[58]
MEX
[12]
NZ
Hot

[59]
SPA
[13]
SWI
[60]
"Safari"
(J Balvin featuring Pharrell Williams, Bia & Sky)
2016 [A] 3 5 26 1 1 76 Energia
"Piñata"[63]
(Vice featuring Bia, Kap G & Justin Quiles)
2017 Non-album singles
"Freak" (Remix)[19]
(Victoria Monét featuring Bia)
2018
"Facts"[64]
(Chantel Jeffries featuring YG, Rich The Kid, and Bia)
2019
"Best on Earth"
(Russ featuring Bia)
46 22 4 Shake the Snow Globe
"Perfect (Remix)"[65]
(Cousin Stizz featuring Doja Cat and Bia)
2020 Non-album single
"Remember Me"[66]
(Dove Cameron featuring Bia)
TBA
"I Like Dat"(Remix)[67]
(T-Pain featuring Bia & Kehlani )
2021

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Album
"Gucci Comin' Home"[68] 2016 Non-album singles
"Badside"[69] 2017
"Fungshway"[70]
"One Minute Warning"[71] 2019

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"High"[72] 2015 Christian Rich, Vince Staples FW14
"Good Idea" Kid Ink Summer in the Winter
"Miami"[18] 2018 Kali Uchis Isolation
"Seashell"[73] Fasscoupe Hood Mascot
"Edible"[74] Kayo Genesis Bad Sushi
"Perfect"[75] 2019 Sam Spiegel, Tropkillaz, MC Pikachu Non-album single
"Labels"[76] 2020 Kiana Ledé, Moneybagg Yo Kiki
"Is That Right" 2021 Iggy Azalea The End of an Era

Notes

  1. ^ "Safari" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[61]

ReferencesEdit

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