Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. After dominating the New Orleans club scene for over a decade, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a worldwide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse TV in the US and on OUTtv in Europe. The weekly docu-series, now in its sixth season, follows the life of a choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest-rated original series on Fuse.
In 2016, Freedia was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy-winning single, “Formation.” Freedia’s first LP, “Just Be Free” was named one of the ‘best electronic releases’ by Rolling Stone and was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound. Big Freedia has collaborated with artists ranging from Sia, Elliphant, The Postal Service, Matt & Kim, Mannie Fresh, and Sylvan Esso.
What is your view on the visual representation of the LGBT+ community in hip-hop and RnB?
BF: I think it could be more, but we are slowly and steadily getting there.
There has been a surge in the mainstream popularity of Bounce music, do you think this is a positive or a negative or a bit of both?
BF: Oh positive for sure. Bounce is feel good party music and we need that right now. Its time for Bounce and New Orleans to get its shine.
You have said that there is no difference between “sissy bounce” and regular bounce, do you get frustrated when LGBT+ artist get segregated?
BF: Yes, I dont know why there needs to be a difference. People are people. Bounce is Bounce! Good music is good music!
The New Orleans sound is having a big influence on the music scene right now but who inspires you?
BF: Right now? Beyonce, of course, and Donald Glover. Also, Lizzo, who is on my new EP.
You came out at a very young age and you have become an inspiration to a lot of LGBT+ young people, what would you say to a young person struggling with identity?
BF: Be proud of who you are. Be the best person you can be and like my momma used to tell me, ‘go out and show them who you are!’
What can people expect from your Dublin gig?
BF: A Big Freedia show is always a party! Be ready to shake, sweat, and be truly free for a couple hours!
Tickets priced €16 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
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