Fame may be the norm for Becky G nowadays, whose full name is Rebbeca Marie Gomez, but that was not always the case. In fact, when the singer was 9, she and her family lost their home in Riverside County, California, and moved into her grandparents' converted garage in Inglewood. From that moment, she was determined to do what she had to do to provide for her family.
When she was of age, she began working part-time jobs, some of which included recording commercials and voice-overs for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Eventually, though, Becky turned to music. And like any aspiring artist, she shared her talent on YouTube. "I think YouTube is a great platform," she says. "Everyone should take advantage of it and use it in a positive way."
But it was her cover of Kanye West and Jay Z's "Otis" that caught the attention of veteran producer Dr. Luke in 2011 and got her signed to his Sony Music Entertainment imprint, Kemosabe Records. "Meeting Dr. Luke and deciding to sign with him was something that I felt was supposed to happen. I've learned so much along the way," she says.
As the freshest face of Cover Girl, Becky G has recorded with mega-artists such as Kesha and Pitbull, has toured the country in a co-headlining tour with J Balvin, is working on a debut album, and has even taken on acting roles, much like her aforementioned stint on Empire.
On November 7, Becky G was reppin’ Mexico and the Golden State at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina concert at the American Airlines Arena air exclusively by Telemundo, where she was performing alongside Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and a list of other super estrellas.
But unlike pop stars who seem to get a case of amnesia the moment the bright lights and cameras turn on, Becky has stuck to her roots. In a 2013 anthem to her hood and J.Lo cover, who just so happens to be her idol, "Becky From the Block," the chica raps, about her hometown love and respect for the family.
In response to the GOP's anti-immigrant rhetoric and Donald Trump's comments regarding Mexicans earlier this year the 18-year-old took her pride even further and wrote the song "We Are Mexico."