Bebe Rexha says fans are connecting to “Last Hurrah” because “there are layers to it”

ABC/Lou RoccoBebe Rexha’s ode to vices, “Last Hurrah,” has been connecting with fans in more ways than one. The singer tells ABC Radio that she was actually thinking of giving up chocolate cake while writing it, the songo has deeper meanings related to self-destructive behavior.  

“I think people have been kind of taking it in a more fun party way, but there are layers to it,” Bebe says.

She adds, “They love the way it makes them feel, but then I think the lyrics, subconsciously, they can relate to it, as much as you don’t wanna say you have bad habits. So the response has been really, honestly, amazing.”

As you may recall, the risqué video for the song didn’t get an amazing response from Bebe’s dad at first — he was offended by some of the imagery, though the two have since reconciled. But Bebe stands by the edgy visual, which has surpassed 30 million views on YouTube.

She says it was director Joseph Kahn’s initial idea to really take it there.

“He said, ‘If I’m gonna work with you…I wanna work with somebody who’s gonna do something edgier and take risks,’” she says. “So I was like, ‘OK, I’m down.’” 

She adds that instead of just having it be just a dance video in the club, they wanted to “push boundaries” — so the clip features scenes of debauchery involving smoking, drinking, eating, same-sex kissing, semi-nudity, half-dressed nuns swilling champagne and Bebe seducing a priest.

On Friday, Bebe released an acoustic version of “Last Hurrah,” along with a – notably tamer – video of the live performance.

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