Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music worldwide. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce is characterized by call-and response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and accelerated—sometimes scandalous—booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series, now in its fifth season, follows the life of a young gay choirboy-turned international recognized Bounce performer, TV star, and author. In addition to being the highest rated original series on the network, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” received the GLAAD Media Award in 2013 and was nominated for the award again in 2014.
In 2016, Big Freedia made a splash when she roared ‘I Came To Slay’ on Beyonce’s ‘Formation.’ In 2015, Big Freedia released her debut LP, Just Be Free. Named one of the ‘best electronic releases of 2014’ by Rolling Stone, the album was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound.
More, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. The book was hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork to OUT and BUST.
Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features her legendary shake team and Bounce dance moves like “the twerk” (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), “the shake” “the wiggle,” “the bend ova,” and the “hands on the ground.” She and her team are festival favorites, known for stealing shows at Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.
In 2012, Big Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She has appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, Watch What Happens Live, NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ NPR’s ‘Marketplace,’ CNN, MSNBC, “VH1’s Out in Hip-Hop” and daytime TV’s The Real.
A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for “Eye of the Needle” was released in 2015 as part of the Adult Swim Series along with her new single “Crazy.”
Big Freedia’s latest single “I Heard” was released last month and is off her forthcoming Fall 2016 album.