Gomez was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but she spent her early childhood in Moreno Valley, California living with family. Financial struggles forced her family to sell their home and move into the converted garage of her grandparent's house in Inglewood, California when Becky was nine years old. Gomez wanted to earn money to help out her family and began doing work including voice-overs and commercials. She also began recording herself in Garageband. She also performed in two girl bands, G.L.A.M. produced by multi-platinum producer Andrew Lane, and B.C.G. Gomez has cited Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez as her musical influences. Becky's parents are Frank Gomez and Alejandra Gomez.
2011–13: Play It Again
Beginning in 2011, Gomez began releasing remix videos through YouTube featuring her own lyrics rapped on top of popular hip-hop and pop songs. These songs were to be released on a mixtape entitled @itsbeckygomez. Her cover of Kanye West and Jay-Z's song "Otis", released on September 15, 2011, caught the attention of veteran song-writer Dr. Luke who signed Becky to his Sony Music Entertainment imprint label Kemosabe Records. On June 12, 2012, Australian singer Cody Simpson released his single "Wish U Were Here" which Gomez co-wrote and is featured on. She released an original song "Turn the Music Up" through YouTube in July 2012. On October 2, 2012, British singer Cher Lloyd released her single "Oath" both written by and featuring Becky G. "Oath" sold more than 140,000 copies in the United States, peaking at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.